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This document defines the terms "Free Content" and "Free Expression" as any work or expression which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. It also describes certain permissible restrictions that respect or protect these essential freedoms. Additionally, the document provides a [[Licenses|list of licenses]] which meet the terms of freedom laid out in this definition.
 
This document defines the terms "Free Content" and "Free Expression" as any work or expression which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. It also describes certain permissible restrictions that respect or protect these essential freedoms. Additionally, the document provides a [[Licenses|list of licenses]] which meet the terms of freedom laid out in this definition.
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== Summary ==
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'''Free Cultural Works''' are works which anyone can
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* '''Use'''
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* '''Study'''
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* '''Copy'''
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* '''Change and Improve'''
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'''Free Culture Licenses''' are legal instruments by which copyright owners grant users these freedoms and make their works into Free Cultural Works.
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In addition to the 4 freedoms listed above '''Free Cultural licenses''' may also include certain restrictions. These can include:
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* '''Attribution''' - acknowledge other authors
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* '''Share-alike''' or '''Copyleft'''- derived works must be licensed under the same or compatible license as the original
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* '''Protection of Freedoms''' - the license may require additional permissions or information is distributed with the works (such as source code, design drawings, musical scores, access codes) where these are needed to create new versions of the work.
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* '''Due Credit''' Give credit where credit is due. If it's not your work do not claim it as yours.
  
 
== Preamble ==
 
== Preamble ==

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