What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical
infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and


How can I license my work?
There is no registration to use the Creative Commons licenses. Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license.

Our license-choosing tool can help you select the right license.


Looking for Creative Works?
Looking for music, video, writing, code, or other creative works?

Creative Commons has got you covered. Search for creative work through sources like Google and Flickr right here.

Global Network

CC Affiliate Network
Promoting CC Around the World

The CC Affiliate Network consists of 100+ affiliates working working in over 70 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the world.

The teams engage in public outreach, community building, translation, research, publicity, and in general, promoting sharing and our mission.

Case Studies

The official website of the President of the United States
The official website of the Obama-Biden Administration incorporates a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence. Read our case study for Whitehouse.gov
Photo-sharing platform
Flickr was one of the first major online communities to incorporate Creative Commons licensing options into its user interface, giving photographers around the world the easy ability to share photos on terms of their choosing. As the Flickr community grew, so did the number of CC-licensed images — currently there are well over 200 million on the site — establishing Flickr as the Web’s single largest source of CC-licensed content. Read our Case Study for Flickr
Leading pharmaceutical company
One of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world, GlaxoSmithKline has surrendered all copyrights in its malarial data set, which includes more than 13,500 compounds known to be active against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline has surrendered all copyright in its malaria data set under the CC0 public domain dedication. Read our Case Study for GlaxoSmithKline

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