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English: This decision tree helps users choose the right free/libre license for the type of cultural or technological work they wish to share: software, hardware, art, music, or scholarly work.
Source Own work
Author Aharon Varady

"Which free/libre license should I choose to distribute my work and help advance a more creative and vibrant culture? All our creative work will eventually enter the Public Domain. If your hope and intention is for others to creatively engage in your work as part of a living culture, why not share it in your lifetime?" To help creators of new works navigate the panoply of free/libre, open source, and copyleft licenses, I made a decision tree flowchart as an image map with clickable links to respective licenses and relevant articles. The tree was inspired by a decision tree by Terry Hancock, which accompanied his article, “Choosing and Using Free Licenses for Software, Hardware, and Aesthetic works” (“A Best Practices Flowchart for Choosing a License” by Terry Hancock, Free Software Magazine, 2010-09-26). Hancock’s follow-up essay, “Confusion and Complexity: High time to prune the Creative Commons licenses?“ provided additional insight.

Vector art for this graphic is available as an SVG file, maintained at the Open Siddur Project.[1].

version 0.9 -- Prepared for the Open Siddur Project by Aharon Varady, 2010-01-09

version 1.0 -- Prepared for the Open Siddur Project by Aharon Varady, 2014-04-02


I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license:
w:en:Creative Commons

attribution share alike

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
You are free:
  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
  • attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

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current01:01, 4 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 01:01, 4 April 20145,104 × 3,304 (592 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Corrected flow for handling copyrighted work under an open content license.
20:02, 3 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 20:02, 3 April 20145,104 × 3,304 (590 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Added separate conditions for Copyright ownership.
15:38, 3 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 15:38, 3 April 20141,611 × 1,024 (259 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Some final touch-ups with the organization of the flowchart and language.
14:55, 3 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 14:55, 3 April 20141,610 × 1,024 (260 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Added license icons for TAPR and MIT. Changed title text, slightly. Replaced "legend" with "color chart." Other minor aesthetic improvements.
01:09, 3 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 01:09, 3 April 20141,617 × 1,032 (247 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Added URLs to Length of Countries Copyright Term, and Cornell University's Public Domain chart.
00:41, 3 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 00:41, 3 April 20141,617 × 1,032 (245 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Fixed flowchart error in the flow between Public Domain and Copyright work.
22:43, 2 April 2014Thumbnail for version as of 22:43, 2 April 20145,104 × 3,304 (587 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)Reorganixed flowchart removing non-free-culture licenses.
17:48, 9 December 2013Thumbnail for version as of 17:48, 9 December 20131,627 × 1,040 (269 KB)Aharonium (talk | contribs)User created page with UploadWizard
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