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Copyright & Use Policies

Thank you for your responsible and ethical use of the World Café name, logo, and materials.

The free resources, materials, and information on the website are all made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3 License, unless they are individually copyrighted by the author (which will be clear in context).

The Creative Commons Attribution license means you are free to copy, distribute, and transmit information if you formally acknowledge and attribute all such use with a link to our website:

If material is individually copyrighted, please respect the author’s rights.

There are also a few World Café printed materials available for purchase in the World Café Store, and while you are welcome to post excerpts from these materials (with accreditation), we ask that you honor our distribution copyright and not share them in their complete form. We make very accommodating bulk or shared copy rates available for libraries, educational institutions, etc.. Please ask us for details.

The World Café name and logo are protected under international copyright law. Please do not use the name “World Café” as part of a formal organizational name, product, or service.

You are welcome to use the term “World Café” to describe an event you are convening (e.g., “A Main Street USA World Café”). Please acknowledge the World Café Community Foundation as the source of the name and method by including a link to our website:

We do not allow the public use of our logo unless used specifically in conjunction with programs sponsored (or co-sponsored) by The World Café Community Foundation.

If you make commercial use of the World Café principles, methodology, or free materials, we ask that you make an appropriate donation to the World Café Community Foundation (see links to your left) in recognition of the value provided. As noted above, keep in mind that you cannot profit on the work of an individual author through sale or use of his/her copyrighted material without permission.

If you have derived value from the use of the World Café, whether commercially or not, we invite you to make a tax-deductible contribution to the World Café Community Foundation so we can continue to develop and freely disseminate World Café materials to the public.

Thank you.