Creative Commons

About Creative Common


Creative Commons Home

Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.


Choose a License

With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify here. Simply answer a few questions and the correct CC license will be created for you.


“Wanna Work Together?”–video

Introduction to the basic concept of Creative Commons as well as its differences from traditional copyright licensing.


Finding Creative Commons Licensed Resources


Creative Commons Search

Find content you can share, use, and remix.



Search Flickr for Creative Commons licensed images only. Also includes a safe search feature.


**Google Advanced Search**

Searching with Google’s Advanced Search feature allows you to select “usage rights” in your search string.


**Purple Planet**

Search for royalty free music created by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn. The search by “theme” feature is especially useful.



Royalty free music by musician Kevin MacLeod. “Search by Feel” is especially useful.


**Copyright Friendly Wiki**

an extensive list of resources for finding images, music, etc. that are copyright friendly or Creative Commons licensed.

Resources For Teachers to Use in the Classroom


Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use–an interactive tool


**Copyright Scenarios**

Great to use if you want students to apply their knowledge of copyright and fair use in the classroom.


**Respecting Creative Work Lesson Plans**

Several lesson plans for grades 4-10 from Commmon Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the media-rich lives of your kids.


Additional Resources


All About Creative Commons and Copyright For Educators

LiveBinder resource created by Steven W. Anderson, District Instructional Technologist for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools


“Creative Commons Images and You: A Quick Guide for Image Users”–article

written by the staff of Ars Technica


Can I Use That?–Keynote Presentation for Massachusetts Digital Publishing Collaborative by Dan Callahan

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