Government use of Creative Commons

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Currently this is a scratchpad for referencing known government and intergovernmental 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 as intergovernmental organizations and bodies such as the European Union and United Nations.

Government adoption strategies

Jurisdiction-Specific Case Studies



Australian government reports recommending CC usage


Open Government Data Portal by the City of Vienna under CC BY





Czech Republic











New Zealand

NZ Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) framework standardises the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons licences and recommends the use of ‘no-known rights’ statements for non-copyright material. It is widely recognised that re-use of this material by individuals and organisations may have significant creative and economic benefit for New Zealand. It was released for public discussion on August 27, 2009 and approved by Cabinet on July 5, 2010. The framework will enable greater access to many public sector works by encouraging State Services agencies to license material for reuse on liberal terms, and recommends Creative Commons as an important tool in this process.


  • 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

Serbia, Republic of





United Kingdom


  • The "Canaima project" whichs goals is giving one laptop computer to every pupil in Venezuela (300.000 computers has been distributed so far) is preloaded with educational content (about 400 content) all of it is licensed with CC - SA - NC - 3.0

United States



Local government

Intergovernmental Organizations

European Cultural Foundation

European Funded

  • COMMUNIA - The European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain, funded by the European Commission (the executive of the European Union), CC BY-SA (Unported).
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) - CERN publishes its book catalog online as open data using the CC0 public domain dedication and the results of some Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments are published under various Creative Commons licenses.

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

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance