License Your Work
Creative Commons licenses would do little without enthusiastic use by creators across disciplines. If you’ve created any sort of copyrightable material, such as video, text, images, websites or blogs, license them! See the select license page for information about choosing a license.
In many cases (blogs, web-based text), the standard CC license button will be appropriate for designating your work with the freedoms you wish to carry. In certain mediums, this isn’t the case. In order to make sure your audience understands the license you have chosen, follow our marking standards on how to correctly label your respective work.
Creative Commons stays alive because of donations and other gifts from our community. Please help support Creative Commons and grow the commons!
Look & Listen
Looking for media to help evangelize Creative Commons? A list of resources is available here.
For a full list of online communities that support CC-licensing of content, please check out the Content Directories page.
Congregate & Communicate
Join us on any of the following networks - we’re always looking to meet new people and make new friends!
- Creative Commons on Virb
- Creative Commons on Facebook
- Creative Commons on Upcoming
- Creative Commons on Myspace
The CC Salon is a bi-monthly event focused on building a community of artists and developers around Creative Commons licenses, standards, and technology. Although started in San Francisco, due to vigor of the CC community, more and more Salons are popping up around the world all the time. Be sure to check if there is a Salon in your city. If not, and you are interested in starting one, let us know so we can help you out w/ some schwag and publicity!
Creative Commons is a small nonprofit. CC presents at several conferences a year, but our staff is limited. We often need other CC community members to help us at conferences by helping present projects, fliers, and other issues. For more information, please check the conference page on the wiki.
Integrating CC into local communities is one of the best ways to help spread CC’s mission. As always, evangelize amongst your peers, family, and friends to your best abilities! Informal person-to-person discussions are a great way to spread the word about CC - if you need talking points, check out our about page. For more detailed ideas and examples, check out the local outreach page on the wiki.
Discussion and Communication
We have a number of active discussion lists that serve as phenomenal gateways into the CC community, primarily in terms of development. While our weblog remains the general discussion area for news and developments at Creative Commons, the discussion lists should be seen as the laboratories where you can help make new and exciting CC development ideas real. Also, see the same page for information about our development chat channel and public wiki. If that doesn’t suffice, go ahead and contact us.
Jump Right In
Depending on your area of expertise, you can get involved in Creative Commons in a variety of ways. Follow the links below to our wiki where more detailed information can be found.
We are continuously updating and introducing new tools to help users license their work more easily. Any ideas? Send an email to see what we’re working on and how your expertise may help us out.
In essence, everyone of us is a content creator in the digital age, be it actively or passively. The first step in CC creation is utilizing [CC licenses] - check out the wiki for more ideas!
Are you in the capacity to give legal advice? Consider giving some pro bono counseling to potential license users. Educate them about the current state of copyright, the Creative Commons mission and all the legalities of using the licenses.
College students can participate with CC through FreeCulture.org, an international student organization working to promote free culture ideals, such as cultural participation and access to information. One of the best ways to get involved with FreeCulture.org is by getting involved with your local chapter.