Government use of Creative Commons

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Australian government reports recommending CC usage


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




  • Montreal, Québec, Gatineau, Sherbrooke and the Quebec government have adopted CC BY 4.0 International for their open data.
  • Canada has developed the Government of Canada Open Data License Agreement for their open data portal website Government of Canada Open Data Pilot Project. While not a Creative Commons license it would seem that this is heavily inspired by the Creative Commons philosophy and has many similar aspects. The license includes sections on 1.0 Definitions; 2.0 Intellectual Property Rights; 3.0 License Grant; 4.0 Acknowledgement of Source; 5.0 No Warranty and no Liability; and 6.0 Effective Date and Termination.
  • The license permits individuals or commercial interests to use, reproduce, or add value to government data provided they use the required attribution and that they do not imply any warranty to, nor make any claim of exclusive rights to the data.
  • This has similarities to the Open Government Licence for public sector information used in the United Kingdom as seen farther down this list.



  • - Centar za otvoreni kod, Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu / Center for Open Source, National and University Library in Zagreb, licensed under CC BY SA 3.0 Croatia.

Czech Republic

European Union

  • The European Commission released licensing recommendations to support the reuse of public sector information in Europe. In addition to providing guidance on baseline license principles for public sector content and data, the guidelines suggest that Member States should adopt standardized open licenses – such as Creative Commons licenses. "Open standard licences, for example the most recent Creative Commons (CC) licences (version 4.0), could allow the re-use of PSI without the need to develop and update custom-made licences at national or sub-national level. Of these, the CC0 public domain dedication is of particular interest. As a legal tool that allows waiving copyright and database rights on PSI, it ensures full flexibility for re-users and reduces the complications associated with handling numerous licences, with possibly conflicting provisions."






  • The Government of Indonesia launched "Portal Data Indonesia", one stop Indonesia open data, today, using CC-BY license as its copyright policy:







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.
  • In 2011 The Ministers of Finance and Internal Affairs adopted a statement detailing a new Declaration on Open and Transparent Government. The Declaration has been approved by Cabinet, and directs all Public Service departments, the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force, the Parliamentary Counsel Office, and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service; encouraged other State Services agencies; and invited State Sector agencies to commit to releasing high value public data actively for re-use, in accordance with the Declaration and Principles, and in accordance with the NZGOAL Review and Release process.


Russian Federation




  • Data.Gov.TW, the Taiwan government official Open Data Portal, releases most of the dataset hosted there under the "Taiwan Open Government Data License, version 1.0", a license with an one-way CC BY 4.0 switching mechanism implemented and has been evaluated and verified as being conformant with the principles set forth in the "Open Definition". On account of that, most of the materials on the Data Portal can be used under CC BY 4.0 license. Moreover, from 2018.12.25, the Open Government Data Advisory Group Meeting of the Taiwan Executive Yuan has approved to add CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0 as one of the options for the licenses on the Taiwan government official Open Data Portal. That makes some dataset can be released directly and originallly under either CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-SA 4.0 in the CC License Suite.
  • Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation


United Kingdom


  • The Canaima project aims to give one laptop computer to every pupil in Venezuela (300,000 computers has been distributed so far) is preloaded with educational content (about 400 pieces of content) all of it is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

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.
  • Washington State open policy and requirement of CC BY
  • New Hampshire adopts Open Source and Open Data requirements (policy friendly to CC use, but not a specific CC tool adoption)
  • OER K-12 bill passed in WA state. The focus of the bill is to help school districts identify existing high-quality, free, openly licensed, common core state standards aligned resources available for local adoption; in addition, any content built with public funds, must be licensed under “an attribution license” (CC BY)
  • The city of Washington, D.C. has made available an unofficial copy of the DC Code under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

Intergovernmental Organizations

Commonwealth of Learning

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.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

United Nations

World Bank