Welcome to the home of the Copyfree Initiative.
The Copyfree Initiative is dedicated to supporting and promoting copyfree licensing policy, maintaining the Copyfree Standard Definition, certifying licenses as compliant or non-compliant with that standard, and fostering a healthy community of people interested in copyfree policy.
What is Copyfree?
Copyfree is a term used to identify the freedom to copy, use, modify, and distribute what you possess. It is a philosophy that stands in contrast to both copyright and copyleft, in that it does not seek to limit or restrict your rights regarding your possessions at all. Copyfree is not about limited monopoly on the product of the intellect like copyright, nor is it about dictating terms of redistribution like copyleft. It is a policy supporting control over what you possess and allowing others to control what they possess, compatible with motivations for such freedom grounded in creative, legal, philosophical, and technical needs, among others.
Copyfree refers to a policy of freeing the product of the intellect through licensing. This means that it is open source and free software, but only the freest of open source and free software, and it is also much more than software. Any work subject to copyright licensing at all potentially falls within the purview of a copyfree policy.
The Copyfree Standard Definition (CSD) defines the characteristics of a copyfree work. This standard determines compliance of licenses with copyfree policy. Just as the Open Source Initiative certifies licenses as compliant with the Open Source Definition, and the Free Software Foundation defines licenses as Free or Non-Free Software licenses and as Copyleft or non-Copyleft licenses, so too does the Copyfree Initiative identify licenses as Copyfree Standard Definition compliant or noncompliant. See Copyfree Licenses for a list of licenses certified as conforming to the Copyfree Standard Definition. Check the policy page for more information about CSD certification.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
The following resources are relevant to Copyfree policy and philosophy. The Copyfree Initiative does not necessarily endorse the positions or opinions expressed within these resources, nor do they necessarily endorse the Copyfree Initiative or copyfree licensing, philosophy, or policy, per se.
- Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Open Rights Group
- Software Liberation Front