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Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Use our licenses and software tools to realize your creative dream.
Creative Commons, at its core, is about facilitating participatory culture. CC works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” – the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, re-purposing, and remixing. As an international organization, we value openness and connectivity across borders and mediums, and we seek to enable innovation in a digital age.
We do this by providing free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear copyrights to their creative work. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default, restrictive “all rights reserved” to a more flexible “some rights reserved.”
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. We’ve collaborated with copyright experts all around the world to ensure that our licenses work globally.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization at the center of a high-profile, international movement to promote sharing of creativity and knowledge. Our goal is to help realize the full potential of the Internet—universal access to research and education, full participation in culture—to drive a new era of development growth, and productivity. CC provides the well-known suite of licenses and public domain tools that have become the global standard used by leading companies, institutions and individuals across culture, education, government, science, and more to promote digital collaboration and innovation.
If you’ve created something and want people to know that you’re happy to have them share, use, and build upon your work, you should consider publishing under a Creative Commons license. CC’s legal infrastructure gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to only pre-clear noncommercial uses) and protects the people who use your work (so that they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the terms you have specified).
If you’re an artist, student, educator, scientist, or other creator looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are many millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic content — that you can use under the terms of our copyright licenses.
Creative Commons is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Using the Websites or Services or sending us an email does not create an attorney-client relationship. Creative Commons makes no warranties regarding any information, tools or licenses provided on or its Facebook pages, and disclaims liability for damages resulting from their use.