CC0 License

Creative Commons Zero enables artists, photographers, authors, scientists, educators, and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and database protection, and the exclusive rights automatically granted to creators – the “no rights reserved” alternative to our licenses.

What can you do with this License?

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

  • In no way are the patent or trademark rights of any person affected by CC0, nor are the rights that other persons may have in the work or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights*;
  • Unless expressly stated otherwise, the person who associated a work with this deed makes no warranties about the work, and disclaims liability for all uses of the work, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law;
  • When using or citing the work, you should not imply endorsement** by the author or the affirmer.

* The use of a work free of known copyright restrictions may be otherwise regulated or limited. The work or its use may be subject to personal data protection laws, publicity, image, or privacy rights that allow a person to control how their voice, image or likeness is used, or other restrictions or limitations under applicable law.

** In some jurisdictions, wrongfully implying that an author, publisher or anyone else endorses you use of a work may be unlawful.

CC0 vs. Other Creative Commons licenses

Icon Description Can I use it commercially? Can I create new versions of it? Can I not specify authorship ?
Content without restrictions YES YES YES
Attribution YES YES NO
Share alike YES

YES, and you must license new work under a ShareAlike license.

NO
No derivatives YES NO NO
Non-Commercial NO

YES, and the new work must be non-commercial, it can be under any non-commercial license.

NO
Non-Commercial Share alike NO

YES, and they must license the new work under a Non-Commercial Share Alike license.

NO
Non-Commercial No derivatives NO NO NO
Icon
Description Content without restrictions
Can I use it commercially? YES
Can I create new versions of it? YES
Can I not specify authorship ? YES
Icon
Description Attribution
Can I use it commercially? YES
Can I create new versions of it? YES
Can I not specify authorship ? NO
Icon
Description Share alike
Can I use it commercially? YES
Can I create new versions of it?

YES, and you must license new work under a ShareAlike license.

Can I not specify authorship ? NO
Icon
Description No derivatives
Can I use it commercially? YES
Can I create new versions of it? NO
Can I not specify authorship ? NO
Icon
Description Non-Commercial
Can I use it commercially? NO
Can I create new versions of it?

YES, and the new work must be non-commercial, it can be under any non-commercial license.

Can I not specify authorship ? NO
Icon
Description Non-Commercial Share alike
Can I use it commercially? NO
Can I create new versions of it?

YES, and they must license the new work under a Non-Commercial Share Alike license.

Can I not specify authorship ? NO
Icon
Content without restrictions YES
Description Non-Commercial No derivatives
Can I use it commercially? NO
Can I create new versions of it? NO
Can I not specify authorship ? NO

Summary

Please keep in mind that this page and its content isn't the actual license. It's just a summary that helps you understand in plain, non-legalese terms what sorts of things you can and can't do with the images offered for download and use here on Mavl.

If you'd like to read more about the Creative Commons CC0 licensing terms, or want to read the actual license itself, please refer to the full license.