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We receive a lot of email inquiries that are already answered in our FAQ, or somewhere else on CC’s site. Please check our FAQ and other basic resources for the answer to your question before writing. If you have a question about CC in your jurisdiction or want to get in touch with our local affiliates, you may be able to find contact information in our Jurisdiction Database.

These are some of the most commonly asked questions:

If you still need assistance, feel free to email us. The best way to get your questions about CC licenses answered is to send an email to the general information address below. This is the fastest way to get an answer to your question about CC licenses and other tools.

Please, do not copy more than one of these addresses. It will not get your question or concern answered any more quickly. Pick the one that seems most relevant to your issue, and if it turns out that it wasn’t the correct address then CC will forward it internally to the right group. Thanks.

Note: Creative Commons does not and cannot give legal advice. You must assess the suitability of Creative Commons tools for your particular situation, which may include obtaining appropriate legal advice from a licensed attorney.


Discussion and Community Participation

Please join the discussion! There are three main ways to jump into the discussion. Through our mailing lists (community, licenses, and development), by using our public wiki, and on our IRC chat channel.


Community List

This is a wide ranging public discussion of topics related to Creative Commons, including general questions about CC licenses.

License Development and Versioning List

This is a moderated list focused on development and versioning of CC licenses.

Developers List

This is the place for general discussion of Creative Commons’ free software projects and developer APIs.

Live IRC chat

You can join Creative Commons staff and friends on IRC in #creativecommons on You can join this channel in your browser too.

Additionally, the CC developer community uses the IRC chat channel #creativecommons-dev on Please note, this channel is primarily used for free software-style development discussions, so it might be a bit technical.

Copyright infringement notifications

If you have reason to believe that any material or activity on a site controlled or operated by Creative Commons (such as or is infringing of the right(s) owned by you or someone else, for whom you have authority to act, please follow our DMCA Notice & Takedown Procedure.

Mailing Address and phone number

Please note: we are a distributed team working all over the world. We don’t have an office, but if you need to mail us something, please send it to:

Creative Commons
PO Box 1866
Mountain View, CA 94042

Likewise, we don’t have someone who answers the phone.

The best way to contact us is to write to and if you call us, you’ll hear a message  asking you to email us. We have a voicemail box at the following number.

You will get a faster response by emailing us.


Complaints about financial impropriety

As a nonprofit entity, the integrity of CC’s financial information is paramount. We have adopted Codes of Conduct that prohibit financial impropriety and protect whistle blowers who bring such irregularities to our attention.

If you are aware of any conduct prohibited by law or by our policies, you are encouraged to make a complaint, anonymously if you wish, to the members of the company’s Audit Committee. The email address for such complaints is which will forward your message automatically to the members of the Audit Committee. The Committee members are identified on our Board page. You may also submit a complaint by post or fax to the attention of “Audit Committee” at our Mountain View address.

Creative Commons is a Massachusetts-chartered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation. For more information, see the corporate charter, by-laws, most recent tax return and most recent audited financial statement.