What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization, a global network, and a movement — all inspired by people’s willingness to share their creativity and knowledge, and enabled by a set of open copyright licenses

Creative Commons began in response to an outdated global copyright legal system. CC licenses are built on copyright and are designed to give more options to creators who want to share. Over time, the role and value of Creative Commons has expanded. This unit will introduce you to where CC came from and where it is headed.

This unit has two sections:

  1. The Story of Creative Commons
  2. Creative Commons Today

There are also additional resources if you are interested in learning more about any of the topics covered in this unit.


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Creative Commons by JR Dingwall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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