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I added more text (derived directly from the legal code it links to) to better explain what this actually means. It's slightly different than simply placing something in the public domain. That can be done with {{Cc-pd}}. This is a newer CC license designed to overcome certain issues with countries that do not recognize an equivalent to the U.S.'s definition of public domain. This is similar to what we on Commons were doing somewhat with {{PD-self}} (In case this is not legally possible:...). Other countries have stronger related/neighboring rights than U.S., so this addresses that too to emulate "U.S. public domain" in other countries.

I think it's important to state all that because many users may not know their other rights are being released (something other CC licenses explicitly state are not affected). I'm not aware of any other license on Commons that deals with things besides copyright so most users probably assume they retain all other rights provided by their country/Berne Convention (even though the U.S. is party to that, it still doesn't recognize moral rights). It could be made less legalese sounding, I guess. Rocket000 (talk) 00:53, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Still, in some countries it is simply not legally possible to waive all rights, whether with this license or any other. --Botev (talk) 10:52, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
True, but it may be honored in other countries. Rocket000 (talk) 05:06, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

I just want to note here for anyone that might read the above, that the license has changed considerably since then when it was in draft form. It no longer tries to release all rights. In fact, it says the opposite now. Patent, trademark, publicity, and privacy rights are not affected. Rocket000 (talk) 22:10, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

How CC0 worksEdit

The CC0 protocol is two in one – a rights weaver and a very permissive license. This means that if you use it for a work, it will be in the Public Domain in some parts of the world, and under a very permissive license in propably the rest of the world. -- Sloyment (talk) 03:55, 27 November 2009 (UTC)


Please change the text of this license tag. It's terrible. "The person who associated a work with this document has dedicated the work to the Commons". No, it has nothing to do with Commons or the Commons (I hate that). "Document" sounds funny too when referring to media files, especially to audio or video files. I don't have a traslatewiki account (can't translate), so I can't do it myself. Thanks to anyone who is willing to change this. Rocket000 (talk) 05:34, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

This is the exact text from Creative Commons. What do you suggest?
Even with a translatewiki account you can't change it, this is the base text, you need to have commit access for that. Multichill (talk) 07:08, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I thought it meant Wikimedia Commons... maybe change it to "the public" to avoid misunderstanding? Not everyone knows what it means by "the Commons", especially on a site also referred to sometimes as "the Commons". And maybe replace "document" with "work"? Rocket000 (talk) 18:19, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
Why don't we make a split? Official text upper, brief explain below.--Trixt (talk) 21:54, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
Well, that text itself is just a common-language explanation so isn't important since it's not the actual license text (which we can't change). It can also be changed since it has no legal significance. Rocket000 (talk) 22:07, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
Come up with a better text, get some sort of consensus, poke me and I'll commit it. Multichill (talk) 22:18, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
If you can just change "the Commons" to the "the public" and "document" to "work", that would be fine. I could come up with something to replace it, but it's not worth the trouble. Or if you prefer, I'll just change it locally as it doesn't matter to me what the default is. Rocket000 (talk) 22:52, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
BTW, are you saying that the base text, i.e. English, can't be translated at translatewiki and we would need to fill bug reports instead (for other changes)? Rocket000 (talk) 22:56, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Cool, I see that the official text has made the same changes. I'm so glad they decided to drop the "the Commons" terminology, that was so unclear and confusing on a site with a name like ours. Rocket000 (talk) 23:58, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

Edit reqestEdit

{{Editprotected}}Can you please change the link from the license in the Creative Commons site to wikisource:Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication? 14:03, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

  Not done Imho we should link to the source, not to another site. Can't change it here anyway, the link is included in the extension. Multichill (talk) 14:46, 27 October 2011 (UTC)
(EC) No, not really. Why? Why link to a copied source if we have the original source? The CC pages are relatively easy to understand (deed) but also contain the full legal code. --Saibo (Δ) 14:47, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Edit reqestEdit

{{Editprotected}}Please change the text of this license tag.The following text is the same as the output of CC0 Waiver.

To the extent possible under law, {{#if: {{{author|}}} | {{{author|}}} | the person who associated CC0 with this work }has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work. {{#if: {{{Territory|}}} | This work is published from: {{Country| {{{Territory}}} }}.

--Likibp (talk) 10:54, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Let's just stick to this text. Can't be changed here anyway, this license is translated at Translatewiki. Multichill (talk) 11:24, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Edit requestEdit

{{edit protected}} Please change the metadata item "licensetpl_link_req" in this template to "false", per this discussion. Anomie (talk) 19:58, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

  Done -- Common Good (talk) 21:12, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

Proposed change for licensetpl_linkEdit

Please see this proposal. /skagedaltalk 20:07, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Visual perceptionEdit

At a (very) quick glance this license does not appear to be PD, which is a problem in some cases. I'd like to suggest adding   in addition to the current graphics.   — C M B J   06:43, 5 March 2014 (UTC)


CC announced a first official Dutch translation. There are no explanations on the Cc-zero/doc page how this is supposed to work here, it is apparently not the {{Autotranslate}} /layout + /langcode scheme. –Be..anyone (talk) 21:37, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

It is explained − translations are provided through Jean-Fred (talk) 22:02, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I forgot the wiki-markup for here. What exactly can users here do, if CC creates lots of "official" translations for CC0, CC-BY, and CC-BY-SA, as it is apparently their plan? –Be..anyone (talk) 22:26, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Edit requestEdit

{{Editprotected}} Please change "The person who associated a" to "The person(s) who associated a". Much of what I have uploaded is not created by a single person, but rather various agencies. 10:18, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

  Not done, we follow the wording of creative commons. Multichill (talk) 19:52, 30 November 2014 (UTC)


{{Editprotected}} Move this template to the proper name "CC-Zero" (capital letters for CC and Z), per the category as well (Category:CC-Zero). Josve05a (talk) 20:21, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

  Not done For historical reasons all of the Creative Commons licensing templates have a cannonical template name that start with "Cc" (see, e.g., {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}}, {{Cc-by-4.0}}, etc.). It doesn't make sense to rename one of the templates with out renaming all of them. If you think they all of the Creative Commons templates should be renamed, I recommend you make a proposal at Commons:Village pump/Proposals. —RP88 (talk) 04:14, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

copyright holder parameterEdit

The CC0 license comes from a copyright holder and imagines that there are jurisdictions which prohibit a copyright holder from committing a work to the public domain.

This template should have a parameter for copyright holder. Although in the most common use the copyright holder seeks to waive all their rights, in some cases it is useful to clearly identify the provenance of the copyright and who made the dedication into CC0. Other aspects of the Wikimedia Commons upload process may indicate this, or perhaps not. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:24, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Return to "Cc-zero" page.