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Licensing Examples


Actual examples of Licensing and attribution for web pages, embedded works and derivatives thereof in practice on the web with URLs to the originals.

Table of Contents

Real World Examples

All of these examples include licensing, so they are categorized based on what is licensed and required and complementary information provided (e.g., attribution and related commerce).

Web pages

  • Creative Commons
    • See bottom of page -- "Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License" with rel="license"'d link to license.
  • Technorati
    • See "CC License" link to license on every page, unclear what is being licensed
  • WikiNews
    • See "...available under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License..." with license link
  • Millions of such pages


Photos (reuse)


    • Click on "details" tab, link to license
    • Thousands(?) of these
    • See "cc license" link to license
    • Thousands(?) of these
  • Geek Entertainment TV
    • Generic "all content on this site is licensed..." license button/link at bottom of right sidebar, meant to apply to videos too
  • Internet Archive
    • See license button/link
    • Thousands of these


Audio (reuse)

  • ccMixter
    • See "users samples from" attributing source works

Attribution to creator

Attribution to journal or other publisher

  • Public Library of Science
    • Attribution (citation) to "Hamelryck T, Kent JT, Krogh A (2006) Sampling Realistic Protein Conformations Using Local Structural Bias. PLoS Comput Biol 2(9): e131"

Attribution to collective

  • Code v2 wiki
    • See bottom of page (emphasis added) "This wiki is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. By editing or posting to this wiki, you agree that your contributions will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and you agree to waive attribution for your contributions with the understanding that copyrighted material made available from this wiki will be attributed to the wiki itself, namely the Code v.2 Wiki. Please link back to this site when giving attribution."

Attribution with work title

  • See "Bounty Hunters" above

Attribution with link required

  • See "Bounty Hunters" above
  • See "Code v2 wiki" above

Attribution waived

  • The Violin Site
    • "Music released under this licence on Mutopia is given the additional permission that attribution is not required in audio derivatives of the work."

Attribution to derivative's source work

  • See ccMixter above.

Attribution with description of derivative use

  • Needed

Commercial licensing availability

Purchase related media availability

  • See Magnatune above, "buy" link
  • See Beatpick above, "buy" link
  • Dead bird photo
    • See "this work is licensed" and "buy this image"
    • provides same structure for any media type

Donation related to work availability

  • See Jamendo above, "support this artist" link

Rights provenance/warranty/idemnification availability

  • Docly
    • See license link
    • See orange "n" followed by numbers link, supposedly to a verification page
  • Registered Commons
    • See license link
    • This would presumably be a page linked to by publisher from elsewhere for verification purposes

License notice with content hash

  • See DMusic above
  • See Registered Commons above
  • ccMixter and Internet Archive audio examples above include content hash in hidden-to-humans RDF-in-a-comment
  • See CC nonweb tagging for explanation of use case.