Use and Reuse of Sources

Can I reuse a text I found on Sefaria for my project?

Most often, yes. However, you'll need to check the license, or copyright status, of the particular text to see if there are any requirements, restrictions, or exceptions.

How do I check the license or copyright status?

For any text you find, click on its title in the header to view its Table of Contents page. From there, you can click on the "Versions" tab to see information for all the available versions of this text.

Below each version's name there will always be a link to the source where Sefaria acquired this text. For most texts, you'll also see a Creative Commons license, a notice that the text is "Public Domain", or a copyright notice.

Public domain texts can be reused without restriction. Texts with a Creative Commons license may carry requirements to give attribution, share derived work, or limit usage in commercial contexts. Click on the CC license link, to learn about its requirements or restrictions. Please note that most of the time, if a text requires attribution, this means giving credit to the original source of the text, not to Sefaria.

  • Texts with an attribution ("BY") clause require attribution if used.

  • Texts with a non-commercial ("NC") clause can not be legally used for commercial purposes without the explicit license of the copyright holder

  • If a text includes a copyright notice, you may not reuse the text without permission from the copyright holder.

Finally, if no license or "Public Domain" notice is listed, it means Sefaria has not verified the copyright status of a text.

How can I get a copy of a text?

On the text's Table of Contents (see above for how to find that), there is a download button, on the bottom of the page. Choose which version of the text you want, and the format, and click Download.

What licenses does Sefaria allow?

Sefaria strives to only include texts which are open for reuse and sharing, and nearly all of our library is free for reuse by third parties. Currently, we restrict texts available under the following licenses: