Copyright and Licence Policy

CC-BY (figures, media, posters, papers, filesets)

By licensing your research outputs under CC-BY, figshare ensures that your research is openly available whilst still ensuring that others give you credit, in the form of a citation, should they use or refer to the research object. This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work (even commercially) as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licences offered. It is recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.


CC0 (datasets and metadata)

CC0 can be particularly important for the sharing of data and databases, since it otherwise may be unclear whether highly factual data and databases are restricted by copyright or other rights. Databases may contain facts that, in and of themselves, are not protected by copyright law.

CC0 is recommended for data and databases and is used by hundreds of organisations. It is especially recommended for scientific data. Although CC0 doesn’t legally require users of the data to cite the source, it does not take away the moral responsibility to give attribution, as is common in scientific research.

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Please note, as a figshare for institutions user you may have other licences available. However, we would still recommend the above licences where possible. Please check with your institutional administrator if you are unsure.