20 Years: Better Sharing, Brighter Future

Twenty years of Creative Commons licenses!

In 2021, we honored our founding anniversary. This year, we celebrate two decades of Creative Commons licenses by continuing our work, advancingBetter Sharingacross the globe.

Much like the stars and constellations inspired the philosophers, scientists, and poets, CC licenses have opened up a galaxy of knowledge and culture to share, use, and build upon. What future myths, legends, and stories or global solutions, new technologies, educational resources, and cultural heritage will draw inspiration from a single bright spark of brilliance from a CC-licensed work? Knowledge, creativity, innovation, and progress are built incrementally. CC licenses inspire better sharing for a brighter future.

我们邀请您加入我们。We havean ambitious goal to raise over $15 millionin support of open access and better sharing for a brighter future.

As a nonprofit, we rely on the contributions of donors like you.

By donating to ourBetter Sharingcampaign, you help ensure Creative Commons can continue advocating for open access to knowledge for 20 more years.

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Better Sharing for a Brighter Future

In the last two decades, we’ve helped shape the culture around “sharing,” increasing access to valuable information, historic images, scientific articles, educational resources, cultural artifacts, and so much more.

Now, we’re looking forward, eager to put the tools to share and re-share content in the hands of everyone, everywhere.We know that greater access to information means a stronger global community, more innovation, and increased capacity to solve key challenges the world faces today…


Click through fora message from our CEO Catherine Stihlerfor more information aboutourBetter Sharingcampaign that was launched honoring our two year celebration of CC’s founding and CC licenses.

20th Anniversary Committee

Creative Commons wishes to gratefully thank the members of our 20th Anniversary Committee, They have worked tirelessly over these last several months and their guidance, expertise and enthusiasm have given new meaning to collaboration and openness. Many of them have been involved with Creative Commons from the beginning and we are supremely excited to have them with us during this landmark year.

Our committee members are: Peter Baldwin (Honorary Committee), Paul Brest (Co-Chair), Ruth Okediji (Co-Chair), Hal Abelson, John Seely Brown, Mike Carroll, Joshua Elkes, Bob Glushko, Dorothy Gordon, Ronaldo Lemos, Larry Lessig, Zahavah Levine, Alexander Macgillivray, Kent McGuire, Laurie Racine, Eric Saltzman, Pam Samuelson, Alek Tarkowski, Esther Wojcicki.