The following criteria are inclusion notes for the license list.

R1. Responsible

All social domain licenses must imply some kind of restriction on large scale, private sector business use to be considered for inclusion on the social domain license list.

R2. Reliable

A license may state it is irrevocable, making it more reliable because the licensor cannot revoke the license.

R2. Reciprocal

A license may avoid using ‘Non-commercial’, ‘Cooperatives only’, or ‘Ethical’ type clauses to encourage sharing1 among individuals, governments and civil society institutions2.


  1. redistributive (definition) in Cambridge dictionary ↩︎

  2. Civil society (Institutions) on Wikipedia ↩︎