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


With a Creative Commons license, anyone is free to remix, download, distribute, and make commercial use of the project. They must meet two conditions: They must give credit without endorsing themself or the original creator, and they must also 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 are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.


Rights Waived

Under this license, a user cannot be prevented from downloading, remixing, or otherwise being able to access some part of the program. This is agreed to when the creator uploads their project to the Scratch website.


Main article: Remix#Controversy

Many Scratchers have complained about the fact that anyone can use their program, most notably artists.[2] 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. Some users have suggested the ability to make a project "unremixable", though this has been rejected multiple times.[3] Making a project unremixable prevents other users from changing it to what they want it to be, which is a core concept of Scratch.


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