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What is Creative Commons?

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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. We unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.

With a network of staff, board, and affiliates around the world, Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.

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Ryan Merkley, CEO
Our work is to build a vibrant, usable commons, powered by collaboration and gratitude.

Global Affiliate Network

Creative Commons Affiliate Network includes over 500 researchers, activists, legal, education and policy advocates, and volunteers who serve as CC representatives in over 85 countries. Working alongside non-governmental institutions, universities, and public agencies, CC affiliates employ region-specific approaches to copyright and intellectual property that help solve local and global challenges.

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Creative Commons Platforms

We work with the following organizations that are leaders in the content and knowledge sharing movement. Through these platforms, over 1.1 billions works have been shared and counting!

  • flickr
  • bandcamp
  • wikipedia
  • youtube
  • 500
  • internet_archive
  • vimeo
  • wikimedia
  • fma
  • skills_commons
  • boundless
  • europeana
  • tribe_of_noise
  • jamendo
  • MIT
  • PLOS

Our Programs

Our work spans a variety of different areas and partners working to create a more vibrant commons.




About Patrick Ireland

My name is Patrick Ireland, living in the Philippines with my wife and two daughters. I have been studying the web for over a decade. Now that I am 60 years old, I am starting to apply some of the knowledge that I have gained. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning." -Einstein.

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