2018 State
of the
commons
Annual report

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License & legal tools

CC’s free and easy-to-use legal tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear usage rights. So far, there are more than 1.4 billion CC-licensed works online—all of them are available to anyone in the world to use, adapt, and build upon.

Discovery & Collaboration Tools

This year, we released a completely revamped and massively expanded CC Search — a new “front door” to The Commons that makes it easy for anyone to find knowledge and creativity they can use freely and legally.

CC Search   
Policy & Advocacy

We work closely with governments and institutions around the world to support them in unlocking knowledge funded for the public good. Additionally, CC helps shape the conversation about copyright reform through well-researched policy positions and campaigns that engage public support.

Finally, we train and support the next generation of open community practitioners and leaders—and produce an annual event, the CC Global Summit, that brings the open community together to identify opportunities and establish priorities

Community Building

Creative Commons supports and manages the CC Global Network, a community of advocates, activists, scholars, artists, and technologists working to strengthen The Commons worldwide. The Network currently operates with more than 100 chapters around the world.

Its collaborative working groups are focused on issues such as Open Education (currently 835+ members strong from more than 70 countries), Copyright Reform, and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).

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Education

In 2018 we launched the Creative Commons Certificate program, an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices, and the ethos of The Commons. The course is composed of readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises.

This course is open to everyone, from university students and entry-level professionals to experts in the fields of library science and education, with more fields coming soon.

CC Certificate   
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
400,000Images

Images of 400,000 works in the world’s leading art and history museum are now shared under our CC0 legal tool, which allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix content without restriction.

Open Access
12,000ACADEMIC JOURNALS

Approximately 12,000 academic journals—containing more than three million articles—are freely and openly available to any member of the public under Creative Commons licenses.

The CC Certificate
200+Leaders

Our new course—the definitive program on working and collaborating openly—is already training more than 200 leaders. New offerings are being developed now to help the program scale in 2019.

The Creative Commons Global Summit
600+Community Leaders

The open movement’s annual rallying point for planning, learning, and creating collaborations has more than doubled in size since 2015. More than 600 of the community’s leaders are slated to participate in our next event, taking place in Lisbon in May 2019.

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Acknowledgments

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