List of major Creative Commons licensed works
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This is a list of notable works available under a Creative Commons license. Works available under a Creative Commons license are becoming more common. Note that there are multiple Creative Commons licenses with important differences.
- 1 Number of Creative Commons works
- 2 Governments and intergovernmental organizations
- 3 Books
- 4 Comics
- 5 Educational resources
- 6 Games
- 7 Video games
- 8 Images and photos
- 9 Music
- 10 News
- 11 Knowledge, research and science
- 12 Databases and data
- 13 Technology, blueprints and recipes
- 14 Video and film
- 15 Websites
- 16 References
Number of Creative Commons worksEdit
An analysis in November 2014 revealed that the amount of CC licensed works in major databases and searchable via google sums up to 882 million works. Nine million webpages linking to one of the CC licenses.
|Platform name||Number of works (rounded down by millions, November 2014)||source|
|Wikipedia (all pages in all languages)||111 million||http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias|
|Scribd||50 million||Source at Scribd|
|MusicBrainz||39 million||https://musicbrainz.org/statistics https://musicbrainz.org/doc/About/Data_License|
|YouTube||10 million||Source at YouTube|
|Google search||301 million||google-currenttools.csv, google-retiredtools.csv|
Governments and intergovernmental organizationsEdit
As of January 2016[update], 31 governments and 7 intergovernmental organizations have made their information available per CC according to creativecommons.org, similarly dozens of organizations from the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).
|Name||Original release||CC Release||Description||License||Refs|
|The Art of Unix Programming||2003||2005||book about the history and culture of Unix programming by Eric S. Raymond (with added proviso)||CC BY-ND 1.0|||
|A Briefer History of Time||1999||2004||science humor book by Eric Schulman||CC BY-ND-NC 1.0|
|Archimedes Palimpsest||3rd century BC||2008||reconstructed and released by OPenn as Free Cultural Works||CC BY|||
|Free Culture||2004||by Lawrence Lessig (the first CC licensed book released by a major mainstream publisher, Penguin Books)||CC BY-NC 1.0|
|Freesouls||2008||2010 (digital ebook)||book with essays and photos of key people of the free movement by Joi Ito||CC BY|
|The Future of Ideas||2001||2001||by Lawrence Lessig (originally published by Random House)||CC BY-NC|
|The Future Of The Internet||2008||book by Jonathan Zittrain which discusses several legal issues regarding the Internet||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0|
|The Honour of the Knights||2009||2009||A science fiction novel by Stephen J Sweeney||CC BY-NC-SA|
|Meat Atlas||2014||2014||A collection of graphs and 27 essays on meat consumption and production by Friends of the Earth and Heinrich Böll Foundation||CC BY-SA|||
|Move Under Ground||2004||A horror novel mashup by Nick Mamatas||CC BY-NC-ND|||
|The New Hacker's Dictionary||2003 (v4.4.7 by ESR)||2005||by Eric S. Raymond (with added proviso)|
|Warbreaker||2004||2004||by Brandon Sanderson||CC BY-NC-ND|||
|Little Brother||2008||2008||by Cory Doctorow||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0|||
|Open Access||2012||2012||by Peter Suber (published by MIT Press)||CC BY|
|Blindsight||2006||by Peter Watts||CC BY-NC-SA 2.5|||
|Code: Version 2.0||2006||by Lawrence Lessig dedicated to Wikipedia: "the one surprise that teaches us more than everything here."||CC BY-SA 2.5|||
|Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy||2008||by Lawrence Lessig in describing the remix culture||CC BY-NC|||
|The Wealth of Networks||2006||2006||by Yochai Benkler||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Stranger Things Happen||2001||2005||short horror stories by Kelly Link, Salon Book of the Year||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Diesel Sweeties||by Richard Stevens III||CC BY-NC 2.5|
|Erfworld||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0|
|Johnny Wander||(the book publication form)|||
|Mimi & Eunice||by Nina Paley||CC BY-SA 3.0|
|Overcompensating||CC BY-NC 3.0|
|Pepper & Carrot||by David Revoy||CC BY 4.0|
|Seedfeeder's works for Wikipedia||by Seedfeeder||CC BY-SA 3.0, public domain|
|xkcd||by Randall Munroe||CC BY-NC 2.5|
|Connexions||academic course modules, hosted by Rice University||CC BY|
|Khan Academy||CC BY-NC-SA|
|OpenLearn||Short articles, videos and extracts of courses maintained by The Open University||CC-BY-NC-SA|
|Open Courseware||CC BY-NC-SA|
|The Saylor Foundation||Peer-reviewed college courses and textbooks||CC BY|
|WikiEducator||CC BY-SA (default), CC BY, and CC0|
|Project Euler||Site hosting computer programming problems||CC BY-NC-SA|
|Cards Against Humanity||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Open Game Art||Media repository for software / game projects||CC BY, CC-BY-SA, CC0, others|||
|Star Wreck Roleplaying Game||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0|||
|Secret Hitler||CC BY-NC-SA 4.0|
|Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead||ASCII graphic rogue like||Artwork and code under CC BY-SA|
|Castle Crashers||One of the soundtracks of a proprietary game released under Creative Commons||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Glest / MegaGlest||A real-time strategy computer game in a fantasy setup.||Artwork under CC BY-SA|
|Glitch||MMO. In 2013, most of the artwork and parts of the code were released under a creative commons license.||CC0|||
|Mari0||Super Mario clone mashup with Portal||CC BY-NC-SA|
|OpenClonk (former Clonk)||A computer game originally developed by RedWolf Design, later opened to the community.||Artwork under CC BY / CC BY-NC|
|Ryzom||Ryzom is a free and open source software PC MMORPG. Originally developed and released 2004 by Nevrax, since 2010 the source code is under the AGPL and the artistic work is under CC BY-SA.||Artwork under CC BY-SA.|||
|Sintel The Game||A game based on the Blender Foundation movie, Sintel.||CC BY|
|The Adventures of Fatman||point and click adventure game||CC-SA-NC-ND|
|Tyrian (now OpenTyrian)||Scrolling shooter||graphic assets under CC BY 3.0 US|
|The Ur-Quan Masters (former Star Control II)||Action RPG||Artwork Cc-by-nc-sa|||
|Yo Frankie!||A game resulting from a cooperation between the Blender Foundation and the Crystal Space community||Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution|||
Images and photosEdit
|deviantART||image artwork sharing website||various (15 millions CC licensed)|||
|Flickr||user photo uploading and sharing service||various CC licenses (350 million CC images of 6+ billion images)|
|Mapillary||Over 30 million free photos||CC BY-SA|
|Metropolitan Museum of Art||paintings and artworks||CC0 (375.000)|||
|Mushroom Observer||collaborative amateur mycology database with approx. 600,000 observational photos||CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA |
|Open Game Art||Media repository for software / game projects||CC BY, CC-BY-SA, CC0, others|||
|Panoramio||Over 100 million photos||Various|||
|Pixabay||user photo, vector graphics, and video uploading and sharing service||CC0 (555.000 images)|
|Fortepan||archival photographs, and family snapshots of everyday life||CC-BY-SA (100.000 images)|
|Unsplash||user photo uploading and sharing service||CC0|||
|Wikimedia Commons||free image and data repository, stores Wikipedia images||various free CC licenses (40+ millions of images in 2018)|
|ccMixter||Community music website||mostly CC BY-NC|
|Free Music Archive||Various|
|The Freesound Project||CC0, CC BY, CC BY-NC and Sampling Plus|
|Ghosts I-IV||By Nine Inch Nails||BY-NC-SA|
|#hot111 Charts||By starfrosch||CC-BY CC-BY-SA|||
|NINJAM||Music files/archive||CC BY-SA|
|Open Game Art||Media repository for software / game projects||CC BY, CC-BY-SA, CC0, others|||
|Pulse of the Earth||By Hungry Lucy||CC BY-SA|||
|The Slip||By Nine Inch Nails||BY-NC-SA|||
|Shaking the Habitual||By The Knife||BY-NC-SA|
|Jonathan Coulton||Jonathon Coulton's Works||CC By-NC 3.0|||
|Paul and Storm||Paul and Storm's Works||CC 2.5 By Attribution NonCommercial and ShareAlike|
|Open Goldberg Variations||CC0|
|20minutos||Spanish free newspaper and news website||CC-BY-SA / CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Al Jazeera's broadcasting footage||On January 13, 2009, some broadcasting content from Al Jazeera on the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict was released.||CC BY 3.0|||
|Democracy Now!||Internationally syndicated radio and TV news program. All transcripts from broadcasts are republished online and released under a Creative Commons license.||CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 US|||
|The Conversation||Online news outlet written by academics and researchers. Localised editions exist for Australia, Africa, Canada, France, Indonesia, the UK and the US.||CC-BY-ND 4.0|||
|Global Voices||International journalism organisation publishing in over 40 languages.||CC-BY 3.0|||
|La Stampa||3rd biggest newspaper of Italy.||CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0|||
|NBT News||Thai state-run news television channel.||CC-BY|||
|OpenDemocracy||International online news website. Specific articles are released under a Creative Commons license.||CC-BY-NC 4.0|||
|ProPublica||US news website.||CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0|||
|Seychelles News Agency||Government-funded news organisation from Seychelles publishing in English and French.||CC-BY 4.0|||
|Tasnim News Agency||Iranian news agency publishing in Farsi, English, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu.||CC-BY 4.0|||
|TorrentFreak||News blog. Text licensed under a Creative Commons license.||CC BY-NC 3.0|||
|WikiTribune||News website with crowdsourced fact-checking, proofreading and editing. Published in English and Spanish.||CC-BY or CC-BY-SA 4.0|||
Knowledge, research and scienceEdit
|Copernicus Publications||CC BY|
|Citizendium||a wiki encyclopedia||CC BY-SA|
|knol||Website for personal essays. Went offline on May 1, 2012 but was archived on the Internet Archive||mostly CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA|
|PLOS One||CC BY|
Databases and dataEdit
|OpenSeaMap||CC SA-BY 2.0 / ODbL|||
|OpenStreetMap||Until September 2012; switched to ODbL||CC BY-SA 2.0 for certain content|||
|SNPedia||Database of single nucleotide polymorphisms||CC BY-NC-SA|||
Technology, blueprints and recipesEdit
|Dragonbox Pyra||pre-release schematics released in November 2016||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Free Beer||In December 2004 brewing recipe, brand and label artwork released under CC by Superflex and students of the IT University of Copenhagen||CC BY-SA|||
|OpenMoko Neo Freerunner||CAD, schematics etc. files in 2008||CC BY-SA 3.0|||
Video and filmEdit
|Big Buck Bunny||Product of the second Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2008.||BY|||
|Code Rush||2000 documentary of Netscape's last year as an independent company, focusing on the rush to make Mozilla's source code ready for release deadline.||BY-NC-SA 3.0 US|||
|Decay||Zombie film made at CERN||CC BY-NC|||
|Elephants Dream||Product of the first Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2006||CC BY|||
|Lavorare con lentezza||2004 Italian drama directed by Guido Chiesa.||CC BY-NC-SA|
|Life Wasted||by Pearl Jam in 2006, first music video from a major record label to be CC licensed||CC BY-NC-ND 2.5|||
|Nasty Old People||A 2009 film in Swedish by Hanna Sköld||CC BY-NC-SA|
|RiP!: A Remix Manifesto||a 2008 open-source documentary film about "the changing concept of copyright" and the remix culture directed by Brett Gaylor||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0|
|Sita Sings the Blues||feature-length animated film by free culture activist Nina Paley||CC0|||
|Sanctuary||A re-mixable Science fiction film|
|Sintel||Product of the third Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2010|
|Star Wreck||Amateur movie parodies of Star Trek and Babylon 5 (in Finnish)|
|Tears of Steel||The fourth Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in September 2012.||CC BY|
|Where are the Joneses||online sitcom (series)||CC BY-SA|
|Association for Progressive Communications||CC BY-SA|
|Boing Boing||Popular blog||CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (most)|
|Devopedia||An open community platform for developers by developers to explain technology in a simple, clear and unopinionated way.||CC BY-SA 4.0 (non-code content)|||
|gnu.org||Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License|
|Mozilla website||Home of the Mozilla Project||CC BY-SA|
|SCP Foundation||CC BY-SA|
|Stack Overflow||CC BY-SA|
|The Public Domain Review||Online journal showcasing public domain works.||CC BY-SA (unquoted text in collection posts and articles only)|||
|TV Tropes||Wiki providing examples of tropes in fiction.||CC BY-NC-SA|||
|Wikia||Since June 2009||CC BY-SA|
|Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia||Since June 2009; over 80 million items||Text CC BY-SA (plus GFDL in most cases); some in CC BY and CC-0; hosted content also in public domain and various licenses.|||
- State of the Commons: Notes and additional resources - Number of Creative Commons--licensed works on github.com (November 2014)
- CC search on creativecommons.org
- Government use of Creative Commons on creativecommons.org (January 2016)
- GLAM on creativevommons.org (January 2016)
- "The Art of Unix Programming". 17 March 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "The Art of Unix Programming". Archived from the original on 17 March 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- A Briefer History of Time "CC BY-ND-NC 1.0" (archived 2004)
- "The Archimedes Palimpsest". University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
All materials on OPenn are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenses as Free Cultural Works
- "Reading Between the Lines, Smithsonian Magazine". Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- "archimedespalimpsest". Archived from the original on 21 February 2009.
This data is released for use under a Creative Commons license, with attribution
- the-future-of-ideas-is-now-fre-1 on lessig.org
- Free souls captured and released "This is an celebration of all people who are willing to share" on freesouls.org
- "Meat Atlas: facts and figures about the animals we eat". Friends of the Earth Europe. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Warbreaker Rights and Downloads - Brandon Sanderson". brandonsanderson.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Download Little Brother For Free - Cory Doctorow's craphound.com". craphound.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- Watts, Peter. "Blindsight by Peter Watts". www.rifters.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- Code Version 2.0, at http://codev2.cc/download+remix/Lessig-Codev2.pdf "the one surprise that teaches us more than everything here."
- Code Version 2.0, at http://codev2.cc/download+remix/Lessig-Codev2.pdf
- Remix on lessig.org
- "Remix". Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- Wealth of Networks wiki. Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Last accessed 16 Feb 2012.
- "Kelly Link on Creative Commons". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "Stranger Things Happen". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- "Fiction Book Review: STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
- Kale, Arun (21 October 2010). "Of Fretting Cats and Wandering Rooks". Helter Skelter. Square One Media. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- "Cards Against Humanity". Cards Against Humanity. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "16 Sites Featuring Free Game Graphics for Game Developers". Felgo. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
- "Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-NC-SA 3.0". creativecommons.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- Castle Crashers Soundtrack Released Under CC License (2008)
- tinyspeck (2013-11-18). "Glitch is Dead, Long Live Glitch! - Art & Code from the Game Released into Public Domain". glitchthegame.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
The entire library of art assets from the game, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose.
- Blackwell, Laura (2013-11-18). "Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch's offbeat art enters public domain". pcworld.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
- "Breakthrough for Free Software Gaming--Ryzom Announces Full Release of Source Code and Artwork, and a Partnership with the Free Software Foundation to Host a Repository of the Game's Artistic Assets". ryzom.com. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
- Massively Multiplayer Game Ryzom Released as Free Culture and Free Software on creativecommons.org (2010)
- Free game graphics: Tyrian ships and tiles on lostgarden.com by Daniel Cook (2007-04-04)
- Lost garden license on lostgarden.com "All licensed items use the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License" (2007)
- "The Ur-Quan Masters Project FAQ - Ultronomicon". wiki.uqm.stack.nl. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Yo Frankie! license page". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "#cc10 Featured Platform: deviantART - Creative Commons". 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- creativecommons on flickr.com
- Parfeni, Lucian (2011-08-05). "Flickr Boasts 6 Billion Photo Uploads". Softpedia. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
- open-access-at-the-met on metmuseum.org
- "Site Statistics". Mushroom Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
Images 599669, Observations 208462, Listed Taxa 51072, Observed Taxa 13184, Authored Name Descriptions 4312, Defined Locations 12812, Authored Location Descriptions 847, Species Lists 685, Species List Entries 89263, Proposed IDs 299937, Comments 113454, Votes 418612, Members 6558
- Wood, Michael (Summer 2008). "WebWatch: Observing Mushrooms" (PDF). Fungi Magazine. 1 (2). Retrieved 8 October 2010. Reproduced on the MykoWeb website.
- "Introduction". Mushroom Observer. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
- "Panoramio - Archiveteam". archiveteam.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Unsplash is a site full of free images for your next splash page". The Next Web. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
- Crew. "License | Unsplash". unsplash.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
- "Category:Free Creative Commons licenses - Wikimedia Commons". commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "#hot11 charts". starfrosch.
- "Pulse of the Earth". Hungry Lucy.
- Carr, Daphne (May 28, 2008). "Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Free Music and Creative Competition – Page 1 – Music – Los Angeles – LA Weekly". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- "Can I use a song in my student film/podcast/awesome dance remix?". Retrieved December 9, 2017.
- "Goldberg Variationen: Johann Sebastian Bach als 'Creative Commons Zero'", Heise online, 29 May 2012
- creative-commons on 20minutos.es
- Benenson, Fred (2009-01-13). "Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository". creativecommons.org. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- Steuer, Eric (2009-01-13). "Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage Under Creative Commons License". creativecommons.org. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- Cohen, Noam (2009-01-11). "Al Jazeera provides an inside look at Gaza conflict". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage under Creative Commons License". Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository. Archived from the original on 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- Andrews, Robert (2009-11-14). "Al Jazeera Offers Creative Commons Video, Lessig Lends Backing". paidcontent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- Ito, Joi (2009-01-14). "Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository". joi.ito.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
- "Republishing guidelines — The Conversation". theconversation.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Global Voices · Republishing Guidelines". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "La Stampa adotta la licenza Creative Commons per la condivisione degli articoli". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Licensing". openDemocracy. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Steal Our Stories — ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Copyright & Disclaimer - Seychelles News Agency". www.seychellesnewsagency.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Tasnim News Agency - Tasnim News Agency". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "Copyright". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "Copyright". WikiTribune. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- knol.google.com/k on the Internet Archive
- "OpenSeaMap: Frequently Asked Questions". OpenSeaMap.org. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "OpenStreetMap: Copyright and License". Openstreetmap.org. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- OpenStreetMap#Licensing terms
- "Legal FAQ - OpenStreetMap Wiki". wiki.openstreetmap.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "SNPedia:Copyrights". SNPedia. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
- Michael Mrozek (2016-11-20). "Power, Memory and Schematics". pyra-handheld.com by.
As promised, the Pyra will be more open than the Pandora and Nikolaus had some time to clean up the schematics! Attached to this post are the schematics for the current revision (5.1.3) of the Pyra. Unless a bug is found, these won't change anymore.[...] License is CC-BY-NC-SA
- How can a beer be "free"? Archived 2015-08-02 at the Wayback Machine on freebeer.org "The recipe and the FREE BEER brand is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which basically means that anyone can use our recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of our recipe."
- Linux goes walkabout by Jack Kapic on theglobeandmail.com (March 4, 2008)
- schematics on openmoko.com
- "Big Buck Bunny about page". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- Project Code Rush. "Project Code Rush". clickmovement.org. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Code Rush in the Creative Commons. "Code Rush in the Creative Commons". Waxy.org. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- Wattercutter, Angela (31 October 2012). "Physics Students Make Zombie Movie Decay Deep Within the Bowels of CERN". Wired. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Elephants Dream license page". Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- pearl-jam-releases-video-under-creative-commons-license on cnet.com (2006)
- Kirsner, Scott. "CinemaTech Filmmaker Q&A: Brett Gaylor of Open Source Cinema".
- Sinnott, Shane. "The Load-Down Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine", Montreal Mirror, 2007-03-29. Accessed 2008-06-30
- IP:_A_Remix_Manifesto on creativecommons.org
- "Ahimsa: Sita Sings the Blues now CC-0 "Public Domain" « Nina Paley's Blog". blog.ninapaley.com. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "BdFISH - Bangladesh Fisheries Information Share Home". www.bdfish.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- "About Devopedia". www.devopedia.org. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
- "RationalWiki:Copyrights". RationalWiki. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
- "Using Material from Our Site". The Public Domain Review. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
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- "List of Wikimedia projects by size - Meta". meta.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 7 July 2018.