Draft of Credit License 1.0.0

I’ve decided to push forward with this license release under the straightforward name “Credit License”. Here’s the draft text.

I’ll also be publishing a “license add-on” that adds a credit requirement to any other existing license. It’s basically just the Credit section through the Declining Credit section.

Credit License

Development Draft



This license allows everyone as much permission to
work with this software as possible, while protecting
contributors from liability and requiring credit for
their work.


In order to receive this license, you have to agree
to its rules. Those rules are both obligations under
that agreement and conditions to your license. Don’t do
anything with this software that triggers a rule you can’t
or won’t follow.


Make sure everyone who gets a copy of any part of this
software from you, with or without changes, also gets the
text of this license or a link to the URL above.


Each contributor licenses you to do everything with this
software that would otherwise infringe that contributor’s
copyright in it.


Each contributor licenses you to do everything with this
software that would otherwise infringe any patent claims
they can license or become able to license.


You must give this software and each contributor credit
for contributing to goods or services that you develop,
test, produce, or provide using this software.

How to Give Credit

In general, you must give credit in such a way that others
can freely and readily find a written notice identifying
this software, by name, as a contribution to your goods
or services, as well as each contributor, by name, as a
contributor to this software. You must not do anything
to stop others from sharing, publishing, or using credits.


If widespread convention dictates a particular way to
give credit for your kind of goods or services, such as
by end credit, citation, acknowledgment, or billing, then
follow that convention. For software provided to users to
run on their own computers, give credit in documentation,
notice files, and any “about” page or screen. For software
provided as a web service, give credit in credits.txt
according to https://creditstxt.com.

Who to Credit

If contributors provide their names or the name of this
software along with the software in a conventional way,
such as in software package metadata or on an “about” page
or screen, you may rely on the names they provide that
way to be accurate and complete. If contributors don’t
provide names that way, but include a link to a homepage
for this software, you must investigate that homepage for
names to credit. If contributors provide neither names
to credit nor a link to a homepage, you do not have to do
independent research to find names to credit.

Declining Credit

On written request from a contributor, you must remove
their name from the credits for your goods or services
going forward. On written request from all contributors
to this software, you must do the same for the name of
this software.


If anyone notifies you in writing that you have not
complied with Notices or Credit,
you can keep your license by taking all practical steps
to comply within 30 days after the notice. If you do not
do so, your license ends immediately.


No contributor can revoke this license.

No Liability

As far as the law allows, this software comes as is,
without any warranty or condition, and no contributor
will be liable to anyone for any damages related to this
software or this license, under any kind of legal claim.

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Sounds like a good alternative to MIT.

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