I would like to publish my pictures, and the license that I like most is CC BY-SA... except that I don't care about attribution.

So, what license should I use?

  • Exactly like CC BY-SA 3.0 but not requiring attribution
  • English language, translations available
  • The best well-known the better

If several licenses satisfy these requirements, the winner will be picked by Google fight.


  • CC-SA looks perfect but its page says:
    "This license is retired. Do not use for new works."
  • GFDL is burdensome when printing so it won't do either.
  • So the attribution should only contain a reference to the license, but not your name or the URL to your work? What about indiciation of modifications to your work?
    – unor
    Sep 18, 2015 at 11:57
  • Make a custom license. Jul 9, 2017 at 15:40
  • @JohnMiliter: Unfortunately, that does not quite fit the second and third requirements ;-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jul 10, 2017 at 2:50
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    Though I do wish that they didn't decide to retire CC-SA. Jul 10, 2017 at 3:22

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Consider the Public Domain Mark, CC0, (longer details), except is doesn't include the Share-Alike

When a work is in the public domain, it is free for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction under copyright law. Public domain is the purest form of open/free, since no one owns or controls the material in any way.

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