Creative Commons is led by a Board of Directors comprised of thought leaders, education experts, technologists, legal scholars, investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. The CC Affiliate Network consists of 100+ affiliates working in over 79 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the world. CC maintains a small, geographically distributed staff.
Creative Commons licenses
In December 2002, Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses for free to the public. Creative Commons developed its licenses — inspired in part by the Free Software Foundation’s GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) — alongside a Web application platform to help you license your works freely for certain uses, on certain conditions; or dedicate your works to the public domain.
Creative Commons licensed works have spread around the world. As of 2015 there are over 1 billion CC licensed works online. The license suite has been continuously improved, and ported to over 50 jurisdictions.
Areas of work
- Creative Commons founded.
- Version 1.0 licenses released.
- Approximately 1 million licenses in use.
- Estimated 4.7 million licensed works by the end of the year.
- Version 2.0 released.
- Estimated 20 million works.
- Version 2.5 released.
- Science projects at Creative Commons launched.
- Estimated 50 million licensed works.
- Estimated 90 million licensed works.
- Version 3.0 released.
- 5th birthday of CC licenses. Event featured performance by Gilberto Gil.
- Education projects launch.
- Estimated 130 million CC licensed works.
- Lawrence Lessig steps down as CEO, replaced by Joi Ito.
- New Nine Inch Nails album released under CC.
- CC launches fundraising campaign with support from Jesse Dylan and Jonathan Coulton.
- Estimated 350 million CC licensed works.
- CC0 Public Domain Dedication launched.
- Wikipedia migrates to CC Attribution-ShareAlike as its main content license.
- CC Global Summit in Warsaw, Poland.
- 10th anniversary of CC licenses!
- Version 4.0 released.
- CC Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Ryan Merkley becomes CEO.
- Estimated 880 million CC licensed works.
- Estimated 1 billion CC licensed works.
- CC Global Summit in Seoul, South Korea.
- CC logo acquired by MoMA.