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

    Latest Updates

    Employees (est.) (Jul 2021)149(+3%)
    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…
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    Creative Commons Blogs

    Introducing the CC Global Summit Program Committee

    We are grateful to introduce our Summit Program Committee! This year’s program wouldn’t be possible without this amazing group of volunteers, and we want to thank them for their dedication to creating a groundbreaking program so we can gather again to learn, share and create! Special thanks to our c…

    Registration for the Virtual 2021 CC Global Summit Is Now Open

    Exciting news! Registration for the virtual 2021 CC Global Summit is now open!  It’s a special year because Creative Commons is turning 20! The 2021 CC Global Summit is shaping up to be one of our biggest, boldest events yet, so join us 20-24 September for a week of discussion, collaboration, creati…

    Open Minds Podcast: Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan

    We’re back with another episode of CC’s podcast, Open Minds … from Creative Commons! In this episode, I speak with Audrey Tang, who is the Digital Minister of Taiwan, as well as an influential free software programmer and hacker. Tang is a vocal proponent of openness and is working to manifest a vis…

    SDG Academy & Creative Commons

    + By Cable Green: Director of Open Education, Creative Commons, and Chandrika Bahadur: Director, SDG Academy  Open access to knowledge has never been more important than it is today. The promise of connectivity and the democratization of knowledge has made it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn.…

    CC Copyright Platform Members Share the Stories of Their Projects

    Last year, six projects were carried out thanks to funding made available to the Creative Commons Copyright Platform members to drive policy issues affecting the open movement. In this blog post, we’re glad to share the engaging, inspiring articles the project lead wrote on CC’s Medium publication W…

    We’re Launching the CC Open GLAM Program

    Following our recent announcement of a major grant from Arcadia to advance open access at galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs), we’re excited to officially launch Creative Commons’ Open GLAM program. In this post, we share an overview of the program’s rationale and briefly introduce o…
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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 149 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.