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CC Zero or CC0 gives people who want to give up their copyrights a way to do so, to the maximum extent allowed by law. If you applied CC0 to a work that you created or otherwise legally owned, it is no longer yours in a meaningful legal sense - i.e. it can be regarded as public domain.
Anyone can then use the work in any way and for any purpose, including commercial purposes (see non-commercial clause for comparison). CC0 can be regarded as the "no rights reserved" option.
CC0 is a release or waiver, and not technically a license, but is sometimes grouped with licenses as they serve a similar purpose.
To use CC0
- For online content, follow the steps to make a waiver, then insert the resulting HTML code on your site (e.g. on a footer or sidebar). This will display the "mark".
- For offline uses or PDFs, follow the same steps, and copy the text and image.
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