Use & mix

Our goal is to increase the amount of openly licensed creativity in the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. Through the use of CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use.

Search the Commons

Click here to find CC licensed content via search services provided by other independent organizations.

Attributing Sources

You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. Here is an example of an ideal attribution of a CC-licensed image by Flickr user Sixteen Miles of String

How to give attribution

Here is a photo. Following it are some examples of how people might attribute it.

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How to give attribution

This is an ideal attribution

Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0


How you attribute authors of the CC works will depend on whether you modify the content, if you create a derivative, if there are multiple sources, etc. Find out more about attribution on the CC Wiki.

Share your work

Use our collection of tools to help share your work. Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work— on conditions of your choice. You can adopt one of our licenses by sharing on a platform, or choosing a license below.

Choose a license

This chooser helps you determine which Creative Commons License is right for you in a few easy steps. If you are new to Creative Commons, you may also want to read Licensing Considerations before you get started.