Case Studies/2009 push

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Commoners Like You

Creative Commons kicks off global case studies campaign. Share your story. Discover new works and new models.

With at least 130 million CC-licensed works in over fifty countries, no single use case can tell the whole story. Creators come to CC for different reasons, and for many, CC solves different problems. We’re trying to capture the diversity of CC creators and content, and build a resource that inspires new works and informs free culture.

In April we're kicking off the Creative Commons Case Studies Campaign – and we want to hear your story! We’ll be collecting cases big and small on our re-launched Case Studies wiki, an online portal to upload and discover documentation about CC-licensed projects.

The top user-submitted stories will be featured on our website and in the next printed volume of “Creative Commons Case Studies”.

The first print version, Building an Australasian Commons: Creative Commons Case Studies Volume I is available at It's a stunning publication that highlights 60 exemplary CC-licensed users in Australasia and worldwide. The book, edited by Rachel Cobcroft and supported by CC Australia, will be divided into digestible booklets focusing on specific fields: visual arts, audio, text, moving images, government, education and research, etc.

More importantly, you can download the PDFs and source files of the entire document -- prime for remixing. So why not make your own booklets, fact sheets or hand outs tailored to your region, industry or event? New collections can be uploaded here: http://xyz

We’re also encouraging educators to follow CC Australia’s lead and integrate the CC Case Studies into their curricula. Teaching with real-life examples can be compelling and instructive. Have your students analyze existing studies or write their own!

Finally, our CEO, Joi Ito, will be contributing to the case studies project as part of his doctoral work.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, business models, or precedents, the CC Case Studies are a great place to start. Help us expand this resource by sharing your work and telling your story.