Creative Commons: Home

Learn more about Creative Commons, and how to use it to borrow or license content.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons logo

Creative Commons(Website) is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. It does not replace copyright; instead it works alongside copyright.

Content creators may choose from a selection of free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that 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.”

Conversely, the application of a Creative Commons license to a piece of intellectual property tell content consumers that they may use, share, and sometimes modify your content for free.

Creative Commons licenses are frequently applied to photographs and artwork, videos, music and audio files, presentations, coursework, ebooks, blog posts, and wiki pages.

Why Does Creative Commons Exist?

Creative Commons explains why they formed, what they do, and how they do it.

Jeremy Rifkin on the Collaborative Commons Economic Paradigm