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Join Us to Celebrate 20 Years of Creative Commons

About CC

During 2021–2022, CC has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of our founding in 2001 and the first release of the CC licenses in 2002, successfully concluding an ambitious fundraising campaign to support programs like Open Culture, Open Climate, and Open Education, and to help ensure CC’s ongoing sustainability.

In November 2022, CC will bring the 20th anniversary celebration to an official close with both online and in-person activities. The CC Global Network and our broader community are at the heart of CC’s work to support better sharing for an open commons, so we are inviting you to be a part of marking this milestone. There are several ways you can join the celebration — pick one or all!

Attend a global CC 20th Anniversary event

San Francisco

Creative Commons invites you to a 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday 17 November 2022 at 7pm PST at Terra Gallery, San Francisco*. Join us for an evening of entertainment as we toast to the past and mobilize support for the future! Save your seat >


Can’t come to San Francisco? Join a virtual 20th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday 30 November 2022. Register for 3:00–5:00 UTC and/or 15:00–17:00 UTC >

Make a contribution to support CC

Creative Commons empowers people, institutions, and governments to share content openly to advance knowledge, equity, and creativity for everyone, everywhere. As we look ahead to the next 20 years, our focus is on better sharing, sharing that is contextual, inclusive, just, equitable, reciprocal, and sustainable. As a nonprofit, we rely on contributions from people like you. Make a contribution of any size >

Share a digital artifact showcasing your community’s open contributions

Share a digital artifact that showcases your local community’s past or future work to build the open commons. CC will share accepted artifacts with the world to illustrate the variety of activities and points of view that represent the Creative Commons Global Network and CC community.

Requirements: All artifacts must be shared with CC licenses or CC0 public domain dedications, and demonstrate CC’s better sharing values. Describe your artifact >

CC chapters: Grants to mark CC’s 20th Anniversary locally 

CC chapters worldwide will be marking the anniversary locally with events, activities, and projects supported by #20CC Anniversary grants to celebrate CC’s past 20 years and our shared future. Stay tuned to the #20CCAnniversary hashtag on social media to hear more about what the grantees and their work.

Requirements: The grant program closed on 10 Oct 2022. If you missed it, you are still welcome to contribute a digital artifact as above to include your community’s work in the #20CC celebration.

Celebrate on social media

Help get the word out about CC’s 20th Anniversary celebration: Share this post with the #20CCAnniversary hashtag and what CC, better sharing, and the open commons mean to you.

Do you like what other people are sharing? Favorite and reshare #20CCAnniversary posts from other CC community members.


Reach out to, or start a conversation in the #cc-community channel in the CC community slack. 

Posted 05 October 2022