creative commons

Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Creative Commons licenses unlock the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity.


The European Parliament has voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation.


To add a sign or symbol to Unicode, you need to present it to the Unicode workgroup. Last October, Creative Commons submitted an initial proposal to get CC license symbols into Unicode, and recently submitted an updated application after some feedback from the workgroup.


Aaron Swartz died two years ago, on January 11, 2013. Time to remember him through the documentary 'The Internet's own boy'. The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet.


Steve Swiggers and Vincent Muller of the Dutch branch of Wikihouse presented their design at the RAP for an open source garden house. Via they invited everyone to co-design specific parts they could find a solution for themselves.


Creative Commons (CC) has introduced their 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide. The 4.0 licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global, legally robust licenses produced by CC to date.


Creative Commons has published policy statement in which it supports ongoing efforts to reform copyright law.


Waag and Kennisland organized the seminar ‘The Future of Open’. At this seminar, experts from various backgrounds discussed the future of Creative Commons and ‘open’ in the Netherlands.


More than 225 million photos have already been published under a Creative Commons license, but a recent research by shows that a staggering 90% of those pictures are not attributed and 99% are not attributed properly! This means that e.g. bloggers cannot retrieve the correct attribution if they publish a photo.


Europeana, the European digital portal to culture, has made 350.000 images available coming from six renowned institutions in a first edition of their own (iPad) app. The app allows search in selected image collections of Europeana, Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage portal. The images included are available for free re-use and cover five themes: Maps and Plans, Art, Photography, Treasures of the Past, and Treasures of Nature. The code of the app, written by Glimworm IT, is also open source.


When Internet activist and hacker Aaron Swartz committed suicide, his death resonated far beyond his circle of friends, family and acquaintances, touching technology's greatest minds, other Internet activists, and millions of people whom he never met.


Can you resell your music that you bought at iTunes to somebody else? A federal court in New York has ruled in the case Capitol Records v. ReDigi that you cannot.


Dutch author Kluun has blacked out his website. Why? Because the author used random pictures.




In the book 'Sharing', Philippe Aigrain explains why - contrary to what is generally stated - non-commercial sharing of cultural works by individuals is a widely beneficial practice.


On Friday February 15, fellow Patrice Riemens and system administrator Henk Buursen organized a meet up in remembrance of Aaron Schwartz, the famous American Internet and social justice activist who committed suicide on January 11th 2013. Following is a blog about this evening by Patrice Riemens.


For the Open Design Contest, that will be held in Vienna this year, intern Sam Edens (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), together with the Intitute for Information Law (IViR) and Creative Commons NL has prepared an article in which copyright, industrial design right, patent law and trademark law is briefly explained. By looking at specific cases is illustrated which rights apply for designers, and how in these cases Creative Commons can be applied to achieve the goal of the designer.


The Wikimedia Foundation has launched its 12th official project: Wikivoyage (, a free, worldwide, online travel guide. Like Wikipedia and its sister projects, Wikivoyage is free to edit, free of ads, and built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe.


CC10Musicians is a non-commercial project organized by Creative Commons Korea. They developed an iPhone app for the celebration of 10 years CC licenses, introducing 10 teams of musicians sharing their music under Creative Commons License. In Europe, a joint effort was made by all countries united in Creative Commons Europe to create a mixtape with contributions from all participating countries.


Isjah Koppejan was invited to give a talk on Open Design and Creative Commons at the Renmin University of China Law School in Shuzou, China.


“Hack a Dutch Design!” is the invitation of Astrid van Roij-Lubsen to the Chinese students of Tongji University, department of Design & Innovation.


"Tears of Steel" was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. Target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.