Uncopyright Movement

Welcome to Uncopyright.org

All the works you find here have been uncopyrighted by their creators and gifted to the commons.

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What do you mean by "Uncopyright"?

Great question. It's simple: copyright is defined as "the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc." Uncopyright is waiving all that. It's granting others the unexclusive rights to use one's work.

How can I use an uncopyrighted work?

However you'd like! There are no restrictions. Generally, creators appreciate being credited. And if you are grateful for something someone shared freely, you're always welcome to gift them something in return. But that's all up to you.

Who is this for?

Anyone who creates. For creators who want to gift their work to the commons, uncopyright is a great way to do it. And for creators who aren't ready (or interested) to take that leap, uncopyrighted works can be sources of inspiration, innovation, or evolution.

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The goal of this project is to create a global movement of creators who are gifting their work to the commons.

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Copyright is automatic. Uncopyright is a choice.

Fear

People won't value my work if I give it away.
— Uncopyright Contributor

Hope

By releasing the rights to my work, I'll allow it to achieve a potential otherwise impossible, and shift my mindset to one of abundance, instead of fear and scarcity.
— Uncopyright Contributor

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The works here are only a small portion of uncopyrighted work in the world.

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You don't have to submit work here to uncopyright it. Just mark your work "uncopyrighted" or license with CC0.

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Submit work to help others find it, and to connect it to you as a creator.

Fear

I am a professional creative. I'm worried people will replicate my work in ways that will make it hard for me to make ends meet.
— Uncopyright Contributor

Hope

I'm excited to see my work evolve.
— Uncopyright Contributor

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This project is free, unmonetized, open source, and (obviously?) uncopyrighted.

This project is part of hues, a global justice collective