When you share your creativity, you're enabling people everywhere to use it, learn from it, and be inspired by it. Take the teacher who shapes young minds with work and wisdom from around the globe. And the artist, who builds beauty out of bits and pieces she finds online. And the writer, whose stories use ideas and images crafted by people he's never even met. These people know that when you share your creative wealth, you can accomplish great things. They and millions of other people all around the planet are working together to build a richer, better, more vibrant culture, using Creative Commons.

To understand Creative Commons, you need to know a little bit about how copyright works. Did you know that when you create something, anything, from a photograph, to a song, to a drawing, to a film, to a story, you automatically own an "All rights reserved" copyright to that creativity. It's true! Copyright protects your creativity against uses you don't consent to.

*except fair use.

Sometimes full copyright is too restrictive. What about when you want all those millions and millions of people out there to use your work, without the hassle of coming to you for permission? What if you want your work to be freely shared, reused, and built upon for the rest of the world? Luckily there's an answer: Creative Commons.

We provide free copyright licenses you can use to tell people exactly which parts of your copyright you're happy to give to the public. It's easy, it only takes a minute, and it's totally free. Just come to our website and answer a few questions like, "Will you allow commercial uses of your work?" and "Will you allow your work to be modified?" Based on your answers, we'll give you a license that clearly communicates what people can and can't do with your creativity. You don't give up your copyright, you refine it, so it works better for you.

Refine the Rules of Copyright

Welcome to a new world where collaboration rules. It didn't even exist just a few years ago. But now there are millions and millions of songs, pictures, videos, and written works, available to share, reuse, and remix, all for free. Wanna work together? Then join the commons. Creative Commons.