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One way to increase visibility and access to your work is to share it with an existing community. Many content platforms have already enabled CC licensing, making it easy for you to indicate the license along with other information, such as who to attribute. In addition, search engines like Google and Yahoo! will index your work as CC licensed if the metadata is properly attached.

The following are some major publishing platforms categorized by media type. You can also peruse more CC-enabled content directories. If your favorite community has not enabled CC licensing, you can usually indicate that you are using CC somewhere in an info box, or contact them and let them know it is a feature you would like to see.

To publish on your own site, see Marking/Creators.


Flickr (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/Flickr_Case_Study|?Image Header|link=none}}Flickr is a popular photo- and video-sharing site that has enabled Creative Commons licenses. The easiest way to post images online with a CC license is to let Flickr handle all the hosting, posting, and licensing for you.
How to license your photos on Flickr.

Wikimedia Commons (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/Wikimedia Commons|?Image Header|link=none}}Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository of CC-licensed and public domain images that supports Wikipedia articles and other Wikimedia Foundation projects.
How to license your images on Wikimedia Commons.

Additional Resources

Photographers and CC
Latest Flickr data analysis
License statistics


Internet Archive (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/Internet_Archive|?Image Header|link=none}} The Internet Archive is a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, including audio, moving images, texts, and archived web pages.
How to license your work at the Internet Archive.
How to use CC Publisher to add files >500MB.

SoundCloud (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/SoundCloud|?Image Header|link=none}} SoundCloud is a music and audio sharing community that allows artists to upload its works under the full suite of CC licenses. Its set of tools integrate nicely across the web, with adoptions from well known artists and labels.
How to license your audio on SoundCloud.

Additional resources

Other CC music communities
A primer for Musicians and CC

Video (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/|?Image Header|link=none}} is a video-sharing website focused on episodic content that has enabled CC licensing.
How to license your video on

Vimeo (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/Vimeo|?Image Header|link=none}} Vimeo is a high quality video-sharing website for creators that has enabled CC licensing.
How to license your video on Vimeo.

Additional resources

Add your video to the Internet Archive.
Learn more about open video at the Open Video Alliance
A primer for Filmmakers and CC
A (non-exhaustive) list of films under CC


Scribd (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/Scribd|?Image Header|link=none}} Scribd is a document-sharing website that has enabled CC licensing.
How to license your documents on Scribd.

SlideShare (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/SlideShare|?Image Header|link=none}} SlideShare is a website for sharing presentations, documents, and PDFs.
How to license your slides on SlideShare.


Wordpress (Case Study)

{{#show: Case_Studies/WordPress|?Image Header|link=none}} WordPress is a blogging platform.
How to license your blog on WordPress.


Blogger is Google's blogging platform.

How to license your blog on Blogger.

Additional resources

Add your text to the Internet Archive
Writers and CC
EFF's Legal Guide for Bloggers