Describing Copyright in RDF

Creative Commons Rights Expression Language

The Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (CC REL) lets you describe copyright licenses in RDF. For more information on describing licenses in RDF and attaching those descriptions to digital works, see CC REL in the Creative Commons wiki.

Classes

Work

a potentially copyrightable work

License

a set of requests/permissions to users of a Work, e.g. a copyright license, the public domain, information for distributors

Jurisdiction

the legal jurisdiction of a license

Permission

an action that may or may not be allowed or desired

Requirement

an action that may or may not be requested of you

Prohibition

something you may be asked not to do

Permissions

Reproduction

making multiple copies

Distribution

distribution, public display, and publicly performance

Derivative Works

distribution of derivative works

Sharing

permits commercial derivatives, but only non-commercial distribution

Requirements

Notice

copyright and license notices be kept intact

Attribution

credit be given to copyright holder and/or author

Share Alike

derivative works be licensed under the same terms or compatible terms as the original work

Source Code

source code (the preferred form for making modifications) must be provided when exercising some rights granted by the license.

Copyleft

derivative and combined works must be licensed under specified terms, similar to those on the original work

Lesser Copyleft

derivative works must be licensed under specified terms, with at least the same conditions as the original work; combinations with the work may be licensed under different terms

Prohibitions

Commercial Use

exercising rights for commercial purposes

High Income Nation Use

use in a non-developing country

License Properties

cc:permits

A License permits a Permission.

cc:requires

A License requires a Requirement.

cc:prohibits

A License prohibits a Prohibition.

cc:jurisdiction

A License may have a jurisdiction, as defined by Jurisdictions.

cc:legalcode

The URL of the legal text of a License.

cc:deprecatedOn

A License may be deprecated; provides the date deprecated on.

Work Properties

cc:morePermissions

A related resource which describes additional permissions or alternative licenses for a Work which may be available.

cc:attributionName

The name the creator of a Work would like used when attributing re-use.

cc:attributionURL

The URL the creator of a Work would like used when attributing re-use.

cc:useGuidelines

A related resource which defines non-binding use guidelines for the work.


RDF users might be interested in our machine-readable RDF Schema. A copy is also embedded in this document.