1 billion creative commons licences

Formats of content available under CC licences.
Graphic from the State of the Commons report 2015, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseGlyphicons by Jan Kovařík CC BY 3.0


It was reported this month that since 2002, creators have applied 1 billion Creative Commons licences to their works allowing others to access, share, and reuse them for free.

According to the State of the Commons report:

"If we want to live in a digital world that is fair, diverse, vibrant, serendipitous, and safe for everyone, we will have to choose to make it that way. If that world is going to be accessible, equitable, and full of innovation and opportunity, it will require our leadership to foster and defend these ideals. Founded in 2001, Creative Commons has created legal and technical infrastructure that is fundamental to the Web we know and love. Today, our work goes beyond the ubiquitous CC licenses to foster cooperation and sharing, support collaborative communities, and drive engagement across the spectrum of open knowledge and free culture."

Original content on the ALLA(WA) blog is licenced under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-SA), so feel free to share and remix! Increasingly, scholarly and professional journals (like those of library associations) are publishing their works with Creative Commons licences, a trend that is sure to continue.

Hat tip:
ALLA(WA) President - Alice Hewitt.
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

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