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What is Creative Commons?

By ckruts
  • Mickey Mouse and Copyright Law

    Short video explaining the connection of Disney and Mickey Mouse to the CTEA. [Mickey Mouse and Copyright Law] Tech Insider. Mickey Mouse and Copyright Law. Youtube. October 3, 2015. .
  • Sony Bono Copyright Term Extension Act enacted

    Sony Bono Copyright Term Extension Act enacted
    This act of legislation extended copyright for every work in the US for 20 more years - a total of the life of the creator plus 70 years. Named in honor of Sony Bono a sponsor of the bill who died nine months before it became law. The CTEA was also called the Mickey Mouse Protection Act as Disney lobbied to prevent Steamboat Willie from falling into the public domain. Wikipedia. "Copyright Term Extension Act." Accessed February 4, 2023. Image is Public Domain.
  • Center for Internet and Society

    Lawrence Lessig recognized the disparity between copyright law and technological advances. To address this among other things, Lessig founded the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford. This entity "brings together" experts in various fields "to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods..."[1] [1] CIS, “CIS: About Us,” CIS, accessed February 4, 2023,
  • Creative Commons Nonprofit organization created

    Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall regarding legal challenges to the constitutionality of the CTEA, in 2001 Creative Commons was created with the specific purpose to help address the ability of creators to share work on the internet (digitally) freely within the the parameters of copyright laws around the world.
  • Creative Commons Licenses first published

    Creative Commons Licenses first published
    In 2002, CC first published the Creative Commons licenses. These licenses are public and free allowing creators to keep copyrights while still freely sharing their work. The CC licenses are global and allow creators to work within the parameters of varying laws worldwide.
  • Eldred v. Ashcroft Supreme Court decision

    Eldred v. Ashcroft Supreme Court decision
    Eric Eldred, an internet publisher, joined with a number of publishers who depend on the public domain for their work to challenge the CTEA. He was represented by Lawrence Lessig. Although Lessig argued that the CTEA was unconstitutional based on precedent, the US Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional in a 7 - 2 majority. Eric Eldred, Wikimedia,, CC BY 2.0 Generic license.
  • CC Licenses Used Globally

    Today Creative Commons Licenses are used on nearly 2 billion works online on 9 million websites. They have even been adopted by governments and institutions as the "global standard." "[Unit 1: 1.1 The Story of Creative Commons]" by Creative Commons. CC BY 4.0.
  • CC Today

    The Movement is a commitment to the idea that the world is a better place when we freely and openly share ideas and innovations. CC staff work worldwide and there are people outside of CC committed to openness and collaboration. In 2020, CC implemented 3 new strategic goals: advocacy, innovation, and capacity building. "[Unit 1: 1.2 Creative Commons Today]" by Creative Commons. CC BY 4.0.
  • CC Global Network

    The CCGN is evolving and is just one part of the open movement. The CCGN consists of members from various backgrounds working on collaborative projects. There are 45 chapters and over 700 members currently. To get involved you can contact CC to find a chapter in your country or you can access the open Network platforms dedicated to things like Open Education, Copyright, and Open GLAM.