Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to creating, managing, and promoting licenses for creative work make it available for others to legally build upon and share. The intention is to avoid the problems and restrictions that current copyright laws create for the sharing of information.

The project provides several free licenses that copyright holders can use when releasing their works on the web. They also provide RDF/XML metadata which describes the license and the work, thereby making it easier to automatically process and locate licensed works. Creative Commons also provide a 'Founder's Copyright' 1 contract, which is intended to re-create the effects of the original U.S. Copyright created by the founders of the U.S. Constitution.