Creative Commons

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    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.

    The CC licenses are everywhere—1 billion CC licenses in use across 9 million websites—making it easy for anyone to use and reuse content. For example, CC licenses give the world access to NASA’s most iconic images from space, help educators create curriculum that reduce the cost of college for everyone, and allow scientists to freely share their work with medical professionals and researchers around the world. CC also works with foundations and governments to ensure that publicly-funded content, including research and educational materials, are made available for everyone to freely use, share, and improve.

    HQMountain View, CA, US
    Employee Ratings4.2

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    Employees (est.) (Apr 2021)144(-4%)
    Cybersecurity ratingCMore

    Key People/Management at Creative Commons

    Cable Green

    Cable Green

    Director of Open Education
    Mari Moreshead

    Mari Moreshead

    Director of People & Operations and Secretary to the Board of Directors
    Eric Steuer

    Eric Steuer

    Creative Director
    Brigitte Vézina

    Brigitte Vézina

    Director of Policy
    Anna Tumadóttir

    Anna Tumadóttir

    Director of Product
    Jami Vass

    Jami Vass

    Director of Development
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    Creative Commons Office Locations

    Creative Commons has offices in Mountain View and Los Angeles
    Mountain View, CA, US (HQ)
    Mountain View, CA 94042, USA
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    Creative Commons Financials and Metrics

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    Creative Commons Operating Metrics

    Creative Commons's Monthly Viewers was reported to be 60 k in Feb, 2017.
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    Creative Commons News and Updates

    Mozilla and Creative Commons want to reimagine the internet without ads, and they have $100M to do it

    The funds would support projects using a new “web monetization” protocol, including open source tools and individual creators Funding online content with small consumer payments rather than intrusive and privacy-compromising ads has for years been a goal for many internet theorists and publishers.Re…

    Creative Commons launches its search engine out of beta, with over 300M images indexed

    Nonprofit organization Creative Commons is today publicly launching its search engine after more than two years of beta testing. The new service is designed to offer an easy way to search the commons’ archive of free content available in the public domain, which is available to use under Creative Co…

    Flickr says all Creative Commons photos are protected from deletion, not just past uploads

    Flickr announced today that all Creative Commons images will remain protected on its site – including those uploaded in the past and those that will be added in the future. The news follows Flickr’s November 2018 announcement where it had stated it wouldn’t delete Creative Commons photos already on …

    Flickr says it won’t delete Creative Commons photos

    Flickr will spare both the Flickr Commons and Creative Commons photos from deletion, the now SmugMug-owned company announced today. However, its new storage limitations on free accounts may impact its use as a home for photos with a Creative Commons license in the future. When the company unveiled i…

    Flickr says free account limit won’t impact Creative Commons images uploaded before November 1

    Flickr's new 1,000-photo limit for free accounts will include Creative Commons images, but those uploaded before November 1 won't be deleted.
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    Creative Commons Blogs

    Creative Commons Calls on the EU to Show Clear Support for Waiving COVID Vaccine Patents

    The news yesterday from US trade Ambassador Katherine Tait that the Biden-Harris administration supports waiving IP protections for COVID vaccines is not just welcome, it is laying a stake in the ground for others to follow. The hesitancy of both the EU and UK to support the US places them on the wr…

    At the Intersection of NFTs and Creative Commons Licenses

    Like many people on the internet, we here at Creative Commons have been thinking about NFTs, and the possibilities that unique digital assets might bring for artists and creators. (By the way, did you know that Beeple, the artist who famously sold an NFT for $69 million, has been using CC licenses f…

    PIJIP at American University to Lead the Open COVID Pledge

    We are pleased to announce today that our friends at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law have taken over leadership and stewardship of the Open COVID Pledge (OCP). Last year, Creative Commons joined forces with an inte…

    CC Search to Join WordPress

    Creative Commons is thrilled to confirm that CC Search, the search engine we built for openly licensed content, has found a new home and will soon be joining WordPress. With its talented team and active community of open source contributors from all around the globe, WordPress is the perfect partner…

    Open Minds Podcast: Lila Bailey of the Internet Archive

    We’ve got a new episode of our podcast to share. On today’s episode of Open Minds … from Creative Commons, I talk to Lila Bailey. She’s the policy counsel (i.e. the lead lawyer) for the Internet Archive, the nonprofit digital library that makes millions of books, movies, websites, and other cultural…

    New Season, New Beginnings at Creative Commons

    Dear CC Community, This past year has been full of change and challenges for all of us, and I’ve never been more grateful for (and amazed by!) the people that make up our CC community.  I joined Creative Commons in 2016 as a newbie to the open movement, eager to learn from this incredible community …
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    Creative Commons Frequently Asked Questions

    • When was Creative Commons founded?

      Creative Commons was founded in 2001.

    • Who are Creative Commons key executives?

      Creative Commons's key executives are Cable Green, Mari Moreshead and Eric Steuer.

    • How many employees does Creative Commons have?

      Creative Commons has 144 employees.

    • Who are Creative Commons competitors?

      Competitors of Creative Commons include Clayton Utz, Fish & Richardson and Madderns.

    • Where is Creative Commons headquarters?

      Creative Commons headquarters is located at Mountain View, CA 94042, USA, Mountain View.

    • Where are Creative Commons offices?

      Creative Commons has offices in Mountain View and Los Angeles.

    • How many offices does Creative Commons have?

      Creative Commons has 3 offices.