More Human-Readable Than Human-Readable

Have a look at our new, streamlined license selection process and Commons Deeds (an example). Thanks to all of you who have written to us these first nine months with suggestions for improvements, and please let us know if you see anything in these new pages that could be improved.

Creative Commons Unveils Machine-Readable Copyright Licenses

San Francisco, CA — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the creative reuse of intellectual works, launched its first product today: its machine-readable copyright licenses, available free of charge from The licenses allow copyright holders to easily inform others that their works are free for copying and other uses under specific conditions. These … Read More “Creative Commons Unveils Machine-Readable Copyright Licenses”

You Can Now Sponsor CC’s Open Source Work on GitHub!

Creative Commons is now accepting sponsorship via GitHub Sponsors! CC’s small engineering team builds essential open-source infrastructure for CC-licensed and public domain content. Our tools make it easier for anyone to: release original content under an open license. find and responsibly reuse openly licensed and public domain content. connect to the larger ecosystem of openly … Read More “You Can Now Sponsor CC’s Open Source Work on GitHub!”

Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty in Latin America: A Look at the Experiences of Four CC Community Members

Four years ago today, the Marrakesh Treaty entered into force. The Treaty is truly special in the international copyright law universe: it has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and it’s the first international treaty that focuses on the beneficiaries of limitations and exceptions, rather than on the rights of creators or holders of … Read More “Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty in Latin America: A Look at the Experiences of Four CC Community Members”

Terms (pre-2020-08-26)

Creative Commons Master Terms of Use Effective as of 29 April 2019 1. General Information Regarding These Terms of Use Master terms: Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Creative Commons (“Creative Commons,” “CC,” “we,” “our,” or “us”). Unless otherwise noted on a particular site or service, these master terms of use (“Master Terms”) … Read More “Terms (pre-2020-08-26)”

Dr. Lucie Guibault on What Scientists Should Know About Open Access

In response to the global health emergency caused by COVID-19, we’ve seen an array of organizations, publications, and governments make COVID-19 related research open access. For example, the U.S. National Library of Medicine recently released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)—a machine-readable coronavirus literature collection with over 29,000 articles available for text and data mining … Read More “Dr. Lucie Guibault on What Scientists Should Know About Open Access”

Legal Code Defined

Every Creative Commons license has three layers: the lawyer-readable legal code, the human-readable deed, and the machine-readable code. As the only legally-operative layer, the legal code is the primary layer of the CC licenses. It consists of the text of the licenses, as well as any meaningful formatting and other inseparable elements listed below. The … Read More “Legal Code Defined”