Should you use Creative Commons licenses for software?

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tl;dr: no.

Creative Commons is a great way to license documentation, websites, articles, artwork, and other media assets associated with a software projects, but source code has some special characteristics that are better suited to using licenses recommended by the Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundation.

To find out why, take a look at our recently updated briefing note on Creative Commons licensing and Open Content, where we’ve added a section on this question.