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Copyright and syndication

Authors’ copyright

Copyright remains with the author of all material published on However, absent other arrangements, we presume the right to syndicate your writing to commercial publications around the world (see Syndication below). We further assume the right to include your work in our unlimited academic licence package, which grants academic institutions the right to use content as an educational resource.

To ensure that our writers and our message supporting human dignity reach as many people as possible around the world, has adopted a Creative Commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivative-works licence for its content. All articles are published under this default licence unless previously agreed with the individual author. To view the licence click here. Learn more about Creative Commons here.

We presume your permission to syndicate your writing around the world. Although the principal portion of’s income is donations, syndication is an important element in our budget. Abiding by our syndication terms gives you a better chance of having your work read in the international media.

Republishing by commercial organisations

There is no standard syndication rate: fees are arranged on a case by case basis. In some cases the fee may be waived by should the interested publication be run on a not-for-profit basis, have a small-scale distribution or distribution into geographical or societal areas that do not already have a large readership.

Republishing by non-commercial organisations

You have permission to republish any article with a Creative Commons logo on it in non-commercial media. We ask you to adhere to some guidelines, especially crediting and including a link to the original article. Some of our authors may prefer not to share their work, so check the license arrangement carefully.

Otherwise feel free to reproduce articles anywhere you think the ideas can make a difference. We want to promote human dignity by making our content reach as many people as possible.

Please note that when you republish an article, it must be an exact copy of the original with clear attribution to the author and a link to You may accurately translate the entire article into another language, but you must acknowledge that it is a translation.

Republishing by educational institutions

If you plan to use Creative Commons articles as part of an education program, we ask that you or your department make a donation of £30/US$50/€50 or more to to help support our work. With this donation, any professor or teacher in your department is granted the right to use all articles on, regardless of copyright, for teaching purposes for one year.

Articles which are not available for republication

Some articles on are published under different terms, so please check beneath the article first.

For further information

Please email us at if you have any questions. And support us with your donations.

Format for attributing articles to

This article by [author] was originally published on under a Creative Commons Licence. If you enjoyed this article, visit for more.

[link to original article]

We appreciate it if you notify us when you reproduce articles so that we keep in touch with our readership.

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