Ever feel like you’ve made something really special that you’d like other folk to use. Ever wonder how it might become better known and part of Jewish tradition at large? When you share your work, make your intention clear that your copyrighted work is indeed free for others to adopt, adapt, and redistribute.
The Open Siddur Project will help you share any material related to Jewish spiritual practice so long as it is either a Public Domain work or a contemporary work licensed under one of three standard free-culture copyright licenses formulated by the Creative Commons: CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA. (More information on these licenses is below.)
Free-Culture Copyright Licenses
Share your work under the condition that all derivative works (for example, translations) correctly credit you and attribute your original work. The CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license is an internationally applicable, remix friendly, free/libre compatible, copyleft. All works derived from your creative work must be shared with this same license ensuring an unbroken chain of attribution until its copyright term expires and it enters the Public Domain. CC BY-SA licensed works cannot be remixed/redistributed with works that are not being shared with the following compatible free-culture licenses (CC0 and CC BY).
Share your work under the condition that any first generation derivative work correctly credit you and attribute your original work. The CC-BY 3.0 Unported license is internationally applicable and remix friendly with content shared under other free/libre licenses. Derivative works may be shared under any license making this license appropriate for works that may be remixed/redistributed with work not being shared with free-culture licenses.
By choosing to license your work with a CC-BY or CC-BY-SAlicense, you will legally ensure that your work remain correctly attributed, while it remains free for others to adopt, adapt, and redistribute. The CC-BY-SA license will require this same attribution on any adapted (aka “derivative”) works, by requiring them to also be shared with the CC-BY-SA license.
Share your work without any conditions. The CC0 is a Public Domain dedication that states that you relinquish claims on your work during the term of it copyright. This license is the least restrictive of all the Creative Commons free-culture licenses. We recommend it only for sharing digital reproductions of work that already exist in the Public Domain.
The Open Siddur Project cannot share works that are not licensed with free/libre licenses or which are already licensed in a way which conflicts with these licenses. Conflicting licenses include those which prohibit “commercial,” “non-educational,” or “non-scholarly” use (e.g. CC-BY-NC-SA, or CC-BY-ND). For a decision tree for choosing free-culture licenses, see here.