It’s 2020, and they keep churning out incredibly talented people. The tools available and the ease of sharing work have allowed creativity to flourish in an unprecedented way. Unfortunately, the other side of this coin is that it’s never been easier to exploit this work. Between corporate partners acting in bad faith, plagiarism, and censorship, artistic (/academic/scientific) work and ideas are vulnerable. Creative Commons works to put sensible protections in place.
In order to achieve our mission, we:
- Provide Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools that give every person and organization in the world a free, simple, and standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works
- Work closely with major institutions to ensure the correct use and implementation of CC licenses and CC-licensed content
- Support the CC Global Network, a community initiative working to increase the volume, breadth, and quality of openly-available knowledge worldwide
- Develop technology like CC Search that makes openly licensed material easier to discover and use
- Offer the Creative Commons Certificate, an in-depth course for people interested in becoming experts in creating and engaging with openly-licensed works
- Produce CC Summit, an annual event that brings together an international group of educators, artists, technologists, legal experts, and activists to promote the power of open licensing and global access