What is Creative Commons?

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

We're helping to 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.


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 work?

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

Creative Commons has developed a search portal that allows you to find CC-licensed works through sources like Google and Flickr.

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, legal and policy work, and in general, promoting sharing and our mission.

Case Studies

Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera
Satellite television network

The Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository hosts select broadcast quality footage that Al Jazeera has released under CC Attribution. Read our case study for Al Jazeera.

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 for all third-party material. Read our case study for Whitehouse.gov.

CC Store

Support CC
Buy Swag and Goodies

Show that you love to share! Support CC with t-shirts for your loved ones, vinyl stickers for your laptop, buttons, and lapel pins.