How is your uploaded data licensed?

Privately stored research

All research outputs uploaded to your account and stored privately or in draft requires no licensing, as only you can access it.

Publicly stored research

All publicly stored research outputs are stored under Creative Commons Licenses.


By making your data publicly available, you retain ownership of your research objects (as is often not the case with traditional publishing). All objects are licensed under CC-BY license, except for datasets, for which the CC0 licence is more appropriate. The details of these licenses can be seen below:

CC-BY (figures, media, posters, papers, filesets)

By licensing your research outputs under CC-BY, figshare ensures that your research is openly available, but requires that others should give you credit, in the form of a citation, should they use or refer to the research object.

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC0 (datasets)

CC0 can be particularly important for the sharing of data and databases, since it otherwise may be unclear whether highly factual data and databases are restricted by copyright or other rights. Databases may contain facts that, in and of themselves, are not protected by copyright law.

CC0 is recommended for data and databases and is used by hundreds of organizations. It is especially recommended for scientific data. Although CC0 doesn’t legally require users of the data to cite the source, it does not take away the moral responsibility to give attribution, as is common in scientific research.

MIT License (code)

The MIT license is a liberal software license that permits any person to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense and/or sell copies of the software provided any reuse includes a copy of the MIT License terms.

Any software under the MIT license is without warranty of any kind and in no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or any liability. There is no obligation to share any development or changes to code under this license but we would always recommend it in the name of #openresearch.

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