Licensing your work on Medium

Medium supports the creation and use of free and open content by enabling you to license your work so that others can redistribute, remix, and build upon it.

We currently offer the following nine licensing options:


All rights reserved. You reserve all rights available to you under the law. This is the default license on Medium.


Attribution. You permit all uses (i.e., copying, distributing, displaying, and performing) of your copyrighted work, as well as creation of derivative works, but only if you are given credit.


Attribution, no derivatives. You permit all uses — except derivative ones — as long as you are given credit.


Attribution, non-commercial. You permit all uses — except commercial ones — as long as you are given credit.


Attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives. You permit all uses — except derivative and commercial ones — as long as you are given credit.


Attribution, share-alike. You permit derivative uses, but only if you are given credit, and only if the user gives others the same rights to use the work that you gave them.


Attribution, non-commercial, share-alike. You permit non-commercial derivative uses, but only if you are given credit, and only if the user gives others the same rights to use the work that you gave them.


CC0. You waive all copyright and related rights in your works to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Public domain. This is recommended for works that are already free of known copyright restrictions throughout the world (for example, works where a copyright has expired). These are generally very old works. Labeling a work as “public domain” doesn’t change its status, but instead lets others know that it is free from any copyright. It is not recommended for use with works that are in the public domain in some jurisdictions but not in others.


The license you choose will be displayed in the story footer and can be changed at any time.