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Welcome to the homepage for all things Software Development at Creative Commons. We hope to build a community of developers interested in the development of tools to facilitate Creative Commons' licenses and standards. To do this the community, as a whole, has a set of goals to attain.

Community Goals

  • Build a strong and supportive community of developers
  • Support Creative Commons Developer Community Projects
  • Build infrastructure around Creative Commons licenses
  • Build infrastructure around Creative Commons standards

Getting Involved

Joining the Community

A community is built not only around the code which is written but the interaction between the developers. Here is the information on how to join the mailing list and IRC channels used by the community.





Creative Commons actively develops the following software projects:

Also see the Tools Category Index for links to additional projects. Code for our projects is hosted at or; see the Source Repository Policy for information on contributing code or starting a new project. See the Source Repository Information page for general information about the available modules and how to check them out from source control.

Supporting Projects

We also maintain several library projects which are reused in some of our applications:

Exploratory Projects

The projects below are currently being discussed or explored:

  • Developer Challenges - a long list of challenges set for exploration
  • Content Aggregation
  • liblicense - an abstract library for implementing license support (C-library)
  • Dream CC Tool - A discussion of the "ideal" CC tool; possibly the successor to ccPublisher?
  • Development Ideas - A collection of nascent ideas for CC-enabled tools. As these become more fleshed out, they'll be moved to their own pages.