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The Three R’s

  1. R1: Responsible
  2. R2: Reliable
  3. R3: Reciprocal

Read more on the social domain list criteria:

Licenses passing initial evaluation

Name Identifier Responsible1 Reliable2 Reciprocal3
ACAB License ACABL 3
Anti-Capitalist Attribution Cooperative License ACACL
Anti-Capitalist Software License 1.4 ACSL-1.4 2
CC BY-NC CC-BY-NC-4.0 3
CC BY-NC-ND CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0 3
CC BY-NC-SA CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 3
CoopCycle License CCL 3
Cooperative Nonviolent Public License CNPL 2 3
Cooperative Nonviolent Public License No Attributions CNPL-NA 2 3
Cooperative Software License CSL 2 3
IANG License IANGL 2 3
Leftcopy Revolutionary License 2.41 LRL-2.41
Leftcopy Transitional License 2.41 LTL-2.41
Non-Commercial Government Licence NCGL-UK-2.0 2 3
Peer Production Licence PPL 2 3
PolyForm Noncommercial License 1.0.0 PolyForm-Noncommercial-1.0.0 2 3

Priority candidate licenses queued for initial evaluation

Name Short Identifier Notes
Copyfair Software License v1.0 CFSL-1.0
Copysol License 2.0 CL-2.0
Common Good Public License CGPL
Commons Clause (License Condition) 1.0 N/A
Fair Source License, version 0.9 FSL-0.9
LA FABRIQUE DES MOBILITÉS RECIPROCAL LICENCE FMRL
People’s Ethical Appropriation Reciprocity License PEARL-0.2

Other license candidates for possible evaluation

Name Notes
966.ICU https://github.com/996icu/996.ICU
Do No Harm License https://github.com/raisely/NoHarm
Hippocratic License https://firstdonoharm.dev/
inno3 https://framagit.org/inno3/tm-contract-for-oss-maintainers
ml5 https://michaelweinberg.org/blog/2021/01/12/ml5-call-for-comment/
Atmosphere Software License Version 0.4 https://www.open-austin.org/atmosphere-license/

Licenses not passing initial evaluation

Name Short Identifier Notes

Notes


  1. Responsibility: All social domain licenses imply, at a minimum, some form of deterrent against conventional, large-scale private sector business use↩︎

  2. Reliability: The license does not state it is irrevocable, making it less reliable because the licensor may be able to revoke the license. ↩︎

  3. Reciprocity: The license contains ‘Non-commercial’, ‘Cooperatives only’, or ‘Ethical’ type clauses that may create barriers to sharing among individuals, government agencies and civil society institutions. ↩︎