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Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them? Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities? Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit? Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you should learn more about Creative Commons. Probably the quickest and easiest introduction to CC is to watch the following short video (

What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses ( provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved (

/FAQ#What_does_.22Some_Rights_Reserved.22_mean.3F).” Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright ( and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

What can Creative Commons do for me?
If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs ( and videos ( to scientific ( and academic ( material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day. If you would like to see what kinds of companies and organizations are using Creative Commons licenses, visit our Who Uses CC? (/who-uses-cc) page. If you would like to learn more about the different CC licenses, visit our licenses ( page. For those creators wishing to opt out of copyright altogether, and to maximize the interoperability of data (, Creative Commons also provides tools that allow work to be placed ( as squarely as possible in the public domain (/publicdomain/). ( /creativecommons) ( /licenses/by/3.0/) Our mission /creativecommons) (
Except where otherwise noted ( /policies#license), content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( /by/3.0/).

/creativecommons) Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Our vision Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal

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public.creativecommons. long-lived. 2 of 2 02/27/2013 01:59 PM . Spread the word about CC to your friends and family. standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet. teacher.pdf). The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission. We’ve worked with copyright experts around the world to make sure our licenses are legally solid ( of make it CC to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy. scientist. and stable organization. librarian. and post to the as a robust. by-laws (http://ibiblio. granted in advance. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons. /cccr/docs/990. and responsive to our users’ needs (http://wiki.Creative Commons http://creativecommons. distributed. We are working to increase the adoption of our tools. and productivity. most recent tax return (http://ibiblio.pdf).org/?s=court). growth. remixed. and canContact hard(http://creativecommons. see the corporate charter ( These affiliates and volunteers are a vital part of the success of Creative Commons both locally and The idea of universal access to research. or just a regular user. Why CC? What we provide The infrastructure we provide consists of a set of copyright licenses and tools (/licenses/) that create a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. That someone is Creative someone needed to provide a free. then perhaps you could help start one (http://wiki. Privacy (http://creativecommons.creativecommons. but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be /9/94/Introduction_to_CC_and_Affiliate_Teams. edit source. A list of CC’s current affiliates can be found on the Affiliate Network (http://wiki. we depend on the backing of our users and those who believe in the potential of a global commons. all within the boundaries of copyright law. For more information. globally applicable (/international/). and donate to help maintain Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.pdf). and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. paste. Where we’re going We build infrastructure at Creative a pool of content that can be copied.pdf). Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple. policymaker. Your support In order to achieve the vision of a world full of open content. full participation in culture — to drive a new era Policies (http://creativecommons. where users are participants in innovative access to research and education. edited. To achieve the vision of universal access. If you are interested in getting involved where you live. Our users build the commons itself.pdf) and most recent audited financial statement (http://ibiblio. Volunteer Working alongside CC staff are a worldwide group of volunteers which consists of 100+ affiliates working in over 70 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the page. to support and listen to our users.creativecommons. We are alive and thriving thanks to the generous support of people like you.About .org/cccr/docs/articles. If no affiliate exists in your Terms of Use (http://creativecommons. and culture is made possible by the Internet. Creative Commons is a Massachusetts-chartered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation. and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet (/videos /wanna-work-together). then we encourage you to contact the affiliate in your jurisdiction. and to serve as a trusted steward of interoperable commons infrastructure. whether you’re an artist. educational. education. and science. and built upon (/videos/get-creative).