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The Scratch License for all projects shared at the Scratch Website is the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 2.0 (CC-BY-SA).

Rights

With a Creative Commons license, anyone is free to remix, download, distribute, and make commercial use of the project. They must meet the following conditions: They must give credit without endorsing yourself or the original creator. They also must distribute the work under the same license. In the case of Scratch, that is not a problem. In addition to this, users should never copy another user's work exactly. That can be classified as a form of spam.

You Can: You Have To:
Share -

You can copy or redistribute the material.

Give Credit -

Show the original creator (remixing a project automatically does this).

Adapt -

You can remix or change the project.

Share Alike -

You must release the project under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rights Waived

Under this license, as the creator, you cannot prevent another user from downloading, remixing, or otherwise being able to access some part of the program. You agree to this when you upload your project to the Scratch website.

Complaints

Main article: Remix#Controversy

Many Scratchers have complained about the fact that anyone can use your program, most notably artists. They claim that other users are stealing their artwork. Under the license, anyone may use any part of a program and upload it as a remix. However, if a project is the exact copy of another, it can be reported for being a copy. If you see any exact remixes, the Scratch Team has advised users to report it. Some users have suggested the ability to make a project "unremixable", however this has been rejected multiple times.[1] Making a project unremixable prevents other users from changing it to what they want it to be, which is a core concept of Scratch.

References

  1. topic:4789