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Creative Commons 2021 State of the Commons Annual Report

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We are pleased to present the 2021 Creative Commons State of the Commons Annual Report. This report showcases last year’s 20th Anniversary activities and also highlights important innovations, achievements, collaborations, conversations, and partnerships.  

Last year, our anniversary was visually branded with a sunflower. This image represented CC’s commitment to BETTER SHARING of knowledge and culture that purposefully serves the public interest. The sunflower symbolized how CC’s has in the past and continues in the future to light up the global commons. You will notice that the sunflower has been reimagined and remixed throughout this report as a visual connection to this 2021 theme.

This report is organized into four major areas of impact: CC Licenses and Legal Tools, Policy and Copyright Reform, Beyond the Licenses and Unlocking Knowledge. Highlights include moving CC Search to Openverse at WordPress, examining policy through four Copyright Platform working groups, our 20th Anniversary activities, new chapters and leadership in our Global Network, the second virtual and very successful CC Global Summit, launching the Open Minds podcast, additional offerings for CC Certificates, launching our Open GLAM/Open Culture program, supporting UNESCO’s work in open education, big engagement and exposure in Open Science, and so much more!  

As we step into the future, we are grateful for your continued commitment and support of CC. Our work would not be possible without YOU and our community.

Past Creative Commons Annual Reports

Posted 05 April 2022