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Creative Commons (CC) is a United States-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides open content copyright licenses, public domain tools, and resources on copyright and information literacy in the digital age. Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way for all creators, authors, and producers of knowledge assets and cultural works to give the public permission to share and use their works on conditions of their choice. CC licenses work in tandem with copyright, allowing creators to easily and legally change copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved” to best suit their needs.

In addition to the ongoing development and improvement of legal and technical tools for sharing, CC runs programs to put these tools into use in the world, and to mainstream open access, broad sharing, and reuse of creative works and knowledge assets. CC’s programmatic work encompasses outreach, trainings, partnerships, and much more, targeted to achieve measurable impact in improving affordable access to and enhancing reuse of content by anyone, anywhere, towards a more informed, culturally enriched, and productive society. All of CC’s work is amplified by a diverse and global network of volunteer affiliate groups.

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Creative Commons 2019 Projects

  • makkoncept
    Browser Extension for Creative Commons
    This project aims to create a plugin for other platforms to help Creative Commons users. Since freedom is given on choosing the platform and tools, I...
  • Dhruv Bhanushali
    CC Vocabulary and CC Search
    CC Vocabulary is a design system, a collection of UI components, available both as CSS stylesheets and minified JS, as well as Vue components, that...
  • María Belen Guaranda
    Creative Commons-Visualize CC Catalog data
    There is no larger compendium of shared human knowledge and creativity than the Commons, including over 1.4 billion digital works available under CC...
  • Ari Madian
    Human Centered Education of CC Licenses
    The process of licensing a creative work can be very confusing. What license is right for me? How do I formally license my work? How do I help people...
  • Ahmad Bilal
    Revamp of CC WordPress Plugin
    The Creative Commons plugin for WordPress is due for an update for over two years. I plan to rebuild the plugin from scratch with WordPress Coding...