License for Global Lives Project

All content on this site is licensed under the Creative Commons BY-SA-NC License unless otherwise indicated.

License Update for Wikimedia Commons, June 15, 2012:

Many of our videos in their entirety are currently available only under the CC-BY-NC-SA license, however, we are currently uploading a selection of clips to Wikimedia Commons under the CC-BY-SA license. The upload of these videos to Wikimedia Commons constitutes a relicensing of these clips under the CC-BY-SA license. Clips are currently being posted by Wikimedia Commons user DChein, with authorization from the Global Lives Project.

Proposed draft license (currently under discussion)

Drafted by David Harris (GLP Executive Director) and Elizabeth Miles (GLP Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP). Please contribute to community discussion here.

All Global Lives Project footage, unless marked otherwise, is available under both the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Sharealike and Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike licenses.

What does this mean?

This means that the Global Lives Project and our collaborating artists allow for specific forms of reuse of our video and photo work under the CC-BY-NC-SA and CC-BY-SA licenses.  The Creative Commons licenses only extend to the copyright of our work, and do not apply to any other non-copyright intellectual property rights in the work.  As such, we do not license any non-copyright rights in our works to you by the Creative Commons licenses.

Among the rights we do not license to you is the right of publicity of our on-screen participants.  The people who appear in the footage have entrusted the Global Lives Project with their images for use in meeting the artistic and educational mission and goals of the Global Lives Project.  This means that the images of our on-screen participants may not be used in any way that would violate their rights of publicity.  Such violations may include use without consent on or in products, merchandise, or goods, or for purposes of advertising or selling, or soliciting purchases of, products, merchandise, goods or services, or as otherwise prohibited by law.  Educational (i.e., Wikipedia entries; distribution to teachers) and artistic uses (i.e., video art, film) in keeping with the mission of the Global Lives Project and in conformance with the law are encouraged.

We also highlight the Creative Commons license text that reads “…you must not distort, mutilate, modify or take other derogatory action in relation to the Work which would be prejudicial to the Original Author’s honor or reputation…” and note that the Original Author in this case includes the Global Lives Project, collaborating artists, and all on-screen participants. Before reusing our work, we encourage you to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the Creative Commons licenses linked above.


The Global Lives Project name and logo and the names and titles of all members of the production team for the footage in question must be listed in the credits to the work, at least as prominently as the credits for the other contributing authors. The Global Lives Project website ( must also be listed in the credits, as well as a reference to the specific clip being used (i.e., and, in the case of web uses, such listings must be hyperlinked to the relevant web pages. For names of production teams, see . You may not implicitly or explicitly assert or imply any connection, sponsorship or endorsement of your work with or by the Global Lives Project.