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The International Open Magazine is a free, complete creative commons share-alike (cc-by-sa) licensed online-magazine.

The International Open Magazine want to bring the ideals of the free software (open-source) movement to the non-programming world, especially to schools, teachers, students and people outside the tech-bubble. International Open Magazine aims to raise awareness for the possibilities of open, free licensed content.

content and license

free cultural seal

All content, of International Open Magazine is, -unless explicit stated otherwise- licensed under a free cultural license. This also apply for derivates like podcasts, videos etc. The preferred license is the creative commons share-alike (cc-by-sa 4.0) license. The goal of the International Open Magazine is to allow anyone to use, remix, share and improve all of it's content without need to ask for permission and without the need to pay license fees. Please note that the rules of the various creative commons licenses, especially cc-by-sa must be obeyed: A derivate product of a cc-by-sa licensed work is automatically also cc-by-sa licensed.

Please note that photos can have different image rights than articles. Make sure to read the license information carefully.

free cultural license

This section is shamelessly copied from https://creativecommons.org/freeworks/:

Freedom Defined names four necessary characteristics of a free cultural work:

  • Freedom to use the work itself. This is the most basic thing a free content license allows: when you get a copy of a work under one of these licenses, you can use it however you want. This means without restrictions based on the kind of use: you may use it for commercial, political, or religious purposes, for example, or make unlimited copies in different formats to use on different devices. (This is why the NC licenses aren’t considered licenses for Free Cultural Works.)
  • Freedom to use the information in the work for any purpose. In addition to being able to simply share a free cultural work, you should also be able to use the information it contains. For example, if it’s a research paper or educational course, you should be able to build on it for your own research and teaching. If you are using something functional, such as a hardware design, you should be able to reverse-engineer it to figure out exactly how it works.
  • Freedom to share copies of the work for any purpose. When you get a copy of a free cultural work, you can make and share as many copies as you want, wherever you want. This means you can put it on your blog or website, include it in books, share it on file-trading networks, sell it in stores, give it away on CDs–there is no limit on how many copies you can make or where you can copy them, and you can use them for any purpose, even commercially.
  • Freedom to make and share remixes and other derivatives for any purpose. You can edit, remix, and transform a work under a free culture license however you want, and share those remixed copies as freely as the original. For example, you can build upon the original by making translations, mashups, fanfiction, and any other kind of derivative work you want, and share those remixed works freely, or even sell them. (This is why ND-licensed work isn’t considered a Free Cultural Work.)


The International Open Magazine does not charge money for it's content online. In accordance with the rule of the creative-commons licensed, it is possible to charge money for sharing the International Open Magazine, like for printed editions, high speed servers etc. However it is always allowed to share the content of the International Open Magazine for free.

To cover the costs of editing and publishing International Open Magazine, this website uses advertisement (Google Ads, Amazon partner program..). The goal of International Open Magazine is to finance itself mostly by donations from readers.

The goal of International Open Magazine is to display donation addresses below each article so that readers can individually donate toward each author. Donations received for International Open Magazine will be used for the project as a whole (server cost etc.) and be directed toward Horst JENS. If you want to donate money for a specific cause or author with no donation information, please contact in advance. Money received will not be repaid. Also please be aware that the team of International Open Magazine is unable to redirect donations toward specific authors.


Please submit your new stories and content via Email to Horst JENS (see contribute page), your input is highly welcome! Please propose corrections / edits to existing articles via GitHub Pull requests. If you can make use of (parts of the) International Open Magazine please tell us so that we can link back to you.

As a generic rule, user submitted content can only be accepted for International Open Magazine if:

  • the content is under a free cultural license, like the creative-commons cc-by-sa license.

  • the content is legal (at the moment, the laws of the republic of Austria apply) , royalty-free and properly creative commons licensed (please note that neither "Faire use" nor "public domain" exist in European law)

  • the content is about the topic of "open" (open source, open education, open data...) or at least interesting to a wider audience. If International Open Magazine rejects your content you are of encouraged to fork the whole International Open Magazine and make your own project. That's what free licensed content is all about.

disclaimer, advertisement

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