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.




Australian government reports recommending CC usage







  • The official website of the italian police, CC BY NC ND 2.5 IT
  • The official open government data portal of the Regional Government of the Piedmont Region in Italy
    • CC BY 2.5 Italy for content of the website
    • CC0 for available databases (all to date: Oct 8, 2010)




New Zealand


  • Equal Program projects database - Polish Ministry of Regional Development has required materials produced in the scope of the EQUAL program, collected in a Project Database on the Ministry site, to be licensed under a Creative Commons license.
  • Polish Ministry of Economy is publishing content on its website under a CC BY SA 3.0 Poland license.


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" [1]

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

Intergovernmental Organizations

European Cultural Foundation

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.

United Nations