Creative Commons (CC) is an international organization that advocates for open practices. Creative Commons has developed a set of open licenses to facilitate sharing and reuse of all kinds of creative and scholarly works. CC licenses reduce barriers to new knowledge production by clarifying copyright expectations of creators.
Creative Commons licenses will streamline your creation and sharing process as you develop and publish open projects. CC licenses are useful in many areas, including digital scholarship, open publishing, open pedagogy, and open educational resources (OER).
This guide will introduce you to Creative Commons licenses, help you use CC-licensed materials, and apply CC licenses to your own works.