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Welcome to the Creative Commons Documentation project!

This is a page for critical documentation about large scale CC specifications, recommendations, white papers, tutorials and other pieces that need to be written to explain various facets of Creative Commons across the board.

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  1. WIKI - Sign up for an account on this wiki and contribute here
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Many ways to contribute

  1. Help us translate documents.
  2. Help us create new documents.
  3. Help us log CC press articles.

Top 5 Docs

These are in order of general relevance and promotion.

  1. What is Creative Commons? flyer (pdf) (
  2. What is Creative Commons? (pdf) (
  3. Sharing Creative Works Comics - A general introduction to copyright and CC licensing
  4. Licensing and Marking Content (pdf) (
  5. Creative Commons Integration With Your Website (pdf)

Creative Commons Explained

Documents that aim to explain CC and licensing.

About Creative Commons

Using the Creative Commons Licences

Using Creative Commons Content


Sector-specific Information



  • FAQ - Important documentation of frequently asked CC questions. A must read !

CC Education/OER

Technical Implementation


  • Developers - Documentation and information for software developers.

Integration Best Practices



Staff Contributions

Mailing list archives

Technical Documentation

Help Translate Documents

Please help CC translate these documents into other languages. For the documents written in English already uploaded to this site, we've included the standardized 3-character language code, ISO 639-2. For example, the Web Integration PDF is labeled "Creativecommons-webintegration_eng.pdf". A Japanese translation of the same document would be labeled "Creativecommons-webintegration_jpn.pdf".

Available translations can be found at Translate/Documentation.

Help Create Documents

How do you see CC? While these documents can exist on this wiki just fine and is a great way to get started, below is a package consisting of the Scribus document and files necessary to make documentation. Please post up any of your creations on this page!

Please help us complete these, to make our wiki as informative as possible !

Teaching Creative Commons

How should you go about teaching Creative Commons ideas to a general audience?

CC Denmark has made a section "CC i undervisningen" (CC in education) containing video tutorials, pdf guides and other resources for teachers. [1](In Danish)

Creative Commons in the classroom

Creative Commons Overview for your Company

An overview of Creative Commons for a company.

Creative Commons + Open CourseWare Legal Guide