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Licensing options for preprints

Authorea offers different licensing options for your preprints

At this time, these are the available options:

Non-exclusive, no reuse license – Default
Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) – Ideal for media
Public Domain (CC0 1.0) – Ideal for data
MIT License (MIT) – Ideal for code

You can pick your license when publishing your content. Here's some information, and the rights of use, for each license.

Non-exclusive, no reuse

You are free to:
The copyright holder for this preprint is the author/funder. All rights reserved. No further reuse allowed without permission.

Under the following terms:
By posting content on Authorea, the author explicitly consents to allow text and data mining of their work.

Attribution (CC-BY 4.0)

You are free to:
• Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
• Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.
This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:
• 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.
• No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Public Domain (CC0 1.0)

Public Domain / No Copyright
The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

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

MIT License (MIT)

A short and simple permissive license with conditions only requiring preservation of copyright and license notices. Licensed works, modifications, and larger works may be distributed under different terms and without source code.

• Commercial use
• Modification
• Distribution
• Private use

• Liability
• Warranty

• License and copyright notice
• NOTE: If you select this license, you need to take the following steps to apply it:
Create a text file (typically named LICENSE or LICENSE.txt) in the root of your source code and copy the text of the license into the file. Replace [year] with the current year and [fullname] with the name (or names) of the copyright holders. Optionally, you can add MIT to your project's package description, if applicable. This will ensure the license is displayed in package directories.

Updated on: 05/15/2020