LGBT Archive:Copyrights

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All textual contributions to LGBT History UK are considered to be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) licence.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation based in Massachusetts, USA, that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

The original licence was created with the United States in mind, but it has since been "ported" to other jurisdictions, including England and Wales.

The licence

The CC BY-SA licence basically means that you are free:

  • to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
  • to make derivative works
  • to make commercial use of the work

under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must give the original author credit.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a licence identical to this one.[1]

Contributing to LGBT History UK

By contributing material to this wiki, you confirm that you agree to it being published under the CC BY-SA licence. If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here. You are also promising that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource, or that it is out of copyright. In most cases, copyright in the UK lasts for 70 years from the death of the author. if you contribute material that is someone else's copyright without their permission, it is likely to be removed without warning.


Many of the photographs and other images used on this site are held on Wikimedia Commons, a repository of freely usable media files under the CC BY-SA licence. You are welcome to contribute your own images, but in doing so you promise that they are your own work (for instance that you took the photograph or made the drawing yourself) or have the express permission of the copyright owner, or that they come from a public domain source or are out of copyright. The situation may be somewhat different for certain photographs. For a more detailed description see LGBT Archive:Photographs.

The situation is somewhat different for logos. In general, we like to illustrate an article about an organisation by including its logo. In most cases these are subject to copyright; however we follow a similar approach to Wikipedia in making use of such logos - see for a much fuller discussion (although in the context of American law). See also:LGBT Archive:logos.

External links Creative Commons website Wikimedia Commons


  1. Summary of the CC BY-SA licence for England and Wales