If you don't use a licence, the default position of "all rights reserved" will apply to your work. This means no reuse beyond those described by copyright law is allowed and it isn't clear how you intend your work to be reused.
This lack of clarity means that people may:
not use your work and therefore not cite or quote it
use the work anyway beyond your intent without giving you attribution.
Applying a licence makes your intent clear and places the obligation to respect your wishes and rights on the user.
The licence allows you to retain artistic control over the development of a package while allowing it to be copied, modified, distributed, and/or redistributed as open source and free software
Any redistribution must include the original licence and disclosure of the source code.
The licence allows distribution of a modified version only where changes are clearly documented. The new version must have a different name and the same permissions or licence terms as the original. The creator cannot be held responsible for reuse of the package and is not liable for damages arising from its use
The Free Art License grants the right to freely copy, distribute, perform and transform creative works without infringing the artist’s rights.
Incorporation of the work into another work must preserve the rights granted by this licence so that if the work can no longer be accessed separately the larger work must be subject to the same or similar licence (eg CC BY-SA).
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