The license also has become more global. This means that the licenses can be used around the world without the need to having to translate and adapt them to local laws. Creative Commons also introduced official translations of the licenses, so that users of CC-licensed material around the world can read and understand the complete licenses in their local languages, Creative Commons said.
Older licenses will remain valid and users who don't like the new 4.0 licenses can choose to use an older one, said Kalshoven. However, works licensed under an old license do not automatically update to the new license, and anyone who wants to license an already CC-licensed work under the new 4.0 license needs to relicense it, she added.
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