What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization founded by Lawrence Lessig that is devoted to providing free tools that allow authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily license their creative work with freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof. Lessig asserts that today's society is ruled by traditional content distributors (copyright subsidiaries) in order to strengthen their monopolies on cultural products such as popular music and video. The purpose of Creative Commons is to provide alternatives to these restrictions and expand the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

Why should we teach about CC?

The more we expect student

How do we teach about CC?


Links to CC Resources?


Best Practices



Not what you are looking for try Joyce Valenza's (Librarian at Springfield HS) comprehensive Copyright Friendly Wikispace for more resources and information.

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