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Welcome to the Creative Commons Documentation project!

This is a page for critical documentation about large scale CC specifications, recommendations, white papers, tutorials and other pieces that need to be written to explain various facets of Creative Commons across the board.

Join the community

  1. WIKI - Sign up for an account on this wiki and contribute
  2. CHAT - Channel #CC at -
  3. LIST - cc-community listserv - Creative Commons Community email list -

Many ways to contribute

  1. Help us translate documents.
  2. Help us create new documents.
  3. Help us log CC press articles.

Top 5 Docs

These are in order of general relevance and promotion.

  1. What is Creative Commons? flyer (pdf) (
  2. What is Creative Commons? (pdf) (
  3. Sharing Creative Works Comics - A general introduction to copyright and CC licensing
  4. Licensing and Marking Content (pdf) (
  5. Creative Commons Integration With Your Website (pdf) (

Creative Commons Explained

Documents that aim to explain CC and licensing.


Organizational Media

ccLearn Productions
ccLearn Reports

  • What status for open? An examination of the licensing policies of open educational organizations and projects (ccLearn site) (Scribd)

ccLearn Explanations

  • Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons Licensing (pdf - ccLearn site) (Scribd)

ccLearn Step by Step Guides

  • Applying Creative Commons licenses to your educational resources (pdf - ccLearn site) (Scribd)

ccLearn Recommendations

  • Increase Funding Impact (pdf - ccLearn site) (Scribd)
  • Publishing Your Open Educational Resources on the Internet (pdf - ccLearn site) (Scribd)

Open Ed Outreach and Awareness Raising


  • Developer - Documentation for software developers.


  • FAQ - Important documentation of frequently asked CC questions.

Integration Best Practices


Mailing list archives





How do Creative Commons and Commercial entities work together to get artists and companies paid? CC+ is an effort to address that.


Staff Contributions

Technical Documentation

White Papers

Help Translate Documents

Please help CC translate these documents into other languages. For the documents written in English already uploaded to this site, we've included the standardized 3-character language code, ISO 639-2. For example, the Web Integration PDF is labeled "Creativecommons-webintegration_eng.pdf". A Japanese translation of the same document would be labeled "Creativecommons-webintegration_jpn.pdf".

Help Create Documents!

How do you see CC? While these documents can exist on this wiki just fine and is a great way to get started, below is a package consisting of the Scribus document and files necessary to make documentation. Please post up any of your creations on this page!

Please help us complete these!

Teaching Creative Commons

How should you go about teaching Creative Commons ideas to a general audience?

Creative Commons in the classroom

Creative Commons Overview for your Company

An overview of Creative Commons for a company.

Creative Commons + Open CourseWare Legal Guide