Government use of Creative Commons

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Currently this is a scratchpad for referencing known government uses of CC licensing and public domain tools (and government recommendations of same). Please add to the list and turn compelling uses into Case Studies.

Examples are needed for national/federal, state/provincial and local/city/county governments (or their equivalents) as well is inter-governmental bodies such as the European Union and United Nations.


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European Union



Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank is requiring the adoption of Creative Commons by the organizations that receive funding from the Bank in the context of the FOMIN (Fondo Multiateral de Inversiones) initiatives, particularly the ICT4BUS, a fund that promotes the adoption of e-commerce in the American continent, which has financed more that thirty initiatives in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua and other Latin American countries. Banks require those initiative to use the GPL to license any software developed by organizations receiving support from the bank, and CC to license the documentation related with those computer programs, such as user manuals.





New Zealand

Russian Federation


United Kingdom

  •, including all affiliated websites such as Ordinance Survey's maps. "aligned to be interoperable with any Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence" [5]

United Nations

United States



  • New York State Senate, Senate Content, CC-BY-NC-ND with CC+ allowing non-political fundraising use of content.
  • State of Virginia, legislation that indicates a preference for state-funded materials to be released with a CC (or equivalent open) license.


Local government