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A History of Creative Commons

Explore CC’s dynamic history, from our founding in 2001 and the release of our first open licenses in 2002, all the way to our most recent milestones. CC grew up online, so we’ve also included landmarks from web history to show the close connections between the spread of digital networks and key events in our global community project to open knowledge and culture for everyone.

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