Creative Commons Platforms

Over 1 billion CC-licensed works exist across millions of websites. The majority are hosted on content platforms that provide CC license options for their users.

CC platforms make it easy for users to discover and collaborate on images, video, music, research and educational texts. We work with new and existing companies to transform their content platforms into vibrant, creative spaces powered by their community of users. This page highlights some of the best known platforms for sharing CC content. Content on these platforms is searchable and shareable across the web thanks to CC licenses.

  • Flickr
  • Bandcamp
  • Wikipedia
  • YouTube
  • 500px
  • Internet Archive
  • Vimeo
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Free Music Archive
  • Skills Commons
  • Boundless
  • Europeana
  • Tribe of Noise
  • Jamendo
  • MIT OpenCourseware
  • PLOS

Enabling the CC license suite for your users

Creative Commons Integration, from A to Z is a toolkit for content platforms that want to address the increasing user demand for sharing under CC licenses. The toolkit covers everything a platform needs to add the CC license suite, including aligning terms of service, integrating CC licenses into the user interface, and clearly communicating about the different license options for users. The toolkit is free for anyone to implement; please use it as an onboarding tool and contact us with any questions.

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Content collaborations: light up the Commons

For Creative Commons, the global commons is a platform for cooperation. The size of the commons is not as important as how (and if) the works it contains are used. Adding the CC license suite is just the first step in joining a vast global network of creators, companies, and institutions who are working to build context, gratitude, and other mechanisms for collaboration into the commons. We work with platforms who share our values to design tools and services that light up this universe of content and creators. Part of this is working to increase cross-platform mobility of content; another part is tracking growth and use of the content itself and reporting on major trends in our annual State of the Commons report. In addition to growth of content and users, what is your platform seeking to do and how can CC help you do it? Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Improved search, curation, metatagging, and content analytics to better support creators and users of the commons.
  • Providing data for a feature in our annual State of the Commons report.
  • Development of tools and services that build context, gratitude, and other mechanisms for collaboration into the commons.
  • Salons and related events exploring the topics of gratitude, cooperation, and its expression in social networks.
  • Other collaborations that facilitate greater cooperation and engagement in the commons.

Platform Member Network

We are designing a membership program for content platforms that integrate the CC license suite and wish to be certified as meeting a certain standard of integration. The program will recognize and reward exemplary integrations and collaborations that further the discovery and usability of the commons. Platforms would pay for onboarding services, and membership dues would unlock access to an official network of CC certified platforms and additional CC services. If you would like to be involved in shaping this program, or otherwise learn more, please get in touch.