This is a list of notable works available under a Creative Commons license . Works available under a Creative Commons license . Note that there are multiple Creative Commons licenses with important differences.

Number of creative commons works

An analysis in November 2014 Revealed que le amount of CC licensed works in major databases and searchable with Google sums up to 882 million works. Nine million webpages linking to one of the CC licenses. [2]

Platform name Number of works (rounded down by millions, November 2014) source
Flickr 307 million
Wikipedia (all pages in all languages) 111 million
Scribd 50 million Source at Scribd
MusicBrainz 39 million
Freebase 39 million
deviantART 15 million
Geonames 10 million
Youtube 10 million Source at YouTube
Google search 301 million Google-currenttools.csv , google-retiredtools.csv

The Creative Commons Offering aussi now has search engine for major databases as: Europeana , Open Clip Art Library , pixabay , ccMixter and more. [3]

Governments and intergovernmental organizations

As of January 2016 , 31 governments and 7 intergovernmental organizations have made their information available per CC to, [4] similarly dozens of organizations from the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums). [5]


The Creative Commons maintain a book list themselves .

name Original release CC Release Description License refs
The Art of Unix Programming 2003 2005 [6] Book about the history and culture of Unix programming by Eric S. Raymond (with added proviso) CC BY-ND 1.0 [7]
A Briefer History of Time 1999 2004 [8] Science humor book by Eric Schulman CC BY-ND-NC 1.0
Archimedes Palimpsest 3rd century BC 2008 reconstructed and released by OPENN have Free Cultural Works CC BY [9] [10] [11]
Free Culture 2004 By Lawrence Lessig (the first CC licensed book by a major publisher, Penguin Books ) CC BY-NC 1.0 [12]
Freesouls 2008 2010 (digital ebook) book with essays and photos of key people of the free movement by Joi Ito CC BY [13]
The Future of Ideas 2001 2001 By Lawrence Lessig (originally published by Random House ) CC BY-NC [12]
The Future Of The Internet 2008 book by Jonathan Zittrain qui Discusses Several legal issues Regarding the Internet CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
The Honor of the Knights 2009 2009 A science fiction novel by Stephen J Sweeney CC BY-NC-SA
Meat Atlas 2014 2014 A collection of graphs and 27 essays on meat consumption and production by Friends of the Earthand Heinrich Böll Foundation CC BY-SA [14]
Move Under Ground 2004 A horror novel mashup by Nick Mamatas CC BY-NC-ND [15]
The New Hacker’s Dictionary 2003 (v4.4.7 by ESR) 2005 By Eric S. Raymond (with added proviso)
Warbreaker 2004 2004 By Brandon Sanderson CC BY-NC-ND [16]
Little Brother 2008 2008 By Cory Doctorow CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 [17]
Open Access 2012 2012 By Peter Suber (published by MIT Press ) CC BY
Code: Version 2.0 2006 By Lawrence Lessig dedicated to Wikipedia : ” the one surprise that teaches us more than everything here. ” [18] CC BY-SA 2.5 [19]
Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy 2008 By Lawrence Lessig in describing the remix culture CC BY-NC [20] [21]
The Wealth of Networks 2006 2006 By Yochai Benkler CC BY-NC-SA [22]


name Description License refs
Diesel Sweeties By Richard Stevens III CC BY-NC 2.5
Erfworld CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Johnny Wander (The book publication form) [23]
Mimi & Eunice By Nina Paley CC BY-SA 3.0
Overcompensating CC BY-NC 3.0
Pepper & Carrot By David Revoy CC BY 4.0
Seedfeeder’s works for Wikipedia By Seedfeeder CC BY-SA 3.0, public domain
xkcd By Randall Munroe CC BY-NC 2.5

Educational resources

name Description License refs
connections Academic course modules, hosted by Rice University CC BY
Khan Academy CC BY-NC-SA
OpenLearn Short articles, videos and extracts of courses maintained by The Open University CC-BY-NC-SA
Open Courseware CC BY-NC-SA
The Saylor Foundation Peer-reviewed college courses and textbooks CC BY
WikiEducator CC BY-SA (default), CC BY, and CC0
Project Euler Site hosting computer programming problems CC BY-NC-SA


name Description License refs
Cards Against Humanity BY-NC-SA [24]
Eclipse Phase
Open Game Art CC BY and -SA 3.0 without NC, CC0
Star Wreck Roleplaying Game BY-NC-SA 3.0 [25]

Video games

See also: Category: Creative Commons-licensed video games and List of open-source video games
name Description License refs
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead ASCII graphic rogue like Artwork and code under CC BY-SA
Castle Crashers Soundtrack released under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA [26]
Glest / MegaGlest A real-time strategy computer game in a fantasy setup. Artwork under CC BY-SA
Glitch MMO . In 2013, most of the artwork and parts of the code were released under a creative commons license. CC0 [27] [28]
Mari0 Super Mario Clone Mashup with Portal CC BY-NC-SA
OpenClonk ( Form Clonk ) A computer game originally developed by RedWolf Design, later opened to the community. Artwork under CC BY / CC BY-NC
Ryzom Ryzom is a free and open source PC software MMORPG . Originally developed and released 2004 by Nevrax , since 2010 the source code is under the AGPL [29] and the artistic work is under CC BY-SA. [30] Artwork under CC BY-SA. [30]
Sintel The Game A game based on the Blender Foundation movie, Sintel . CC BY
The Adventures of Fatman Point and click adventure game CC-SA-NC-ND
Tyrian (now OpenTyrian) Scrolling shooter Graphic assets under CC BY 3.0 US [31] [32]
The Ur-Quan Masters (Form Star Control II ) Action RPG Artwork Cc-by-nc-sa [33]
Yo Frankie! A Blender Foundation and the Crystal Space Community Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution [34]

Images and photos

name Description License refs
deviantART Image artwork sharing website Various (15 million CC licensed) [35]
Flickr User photo uploading and sharing service Various CC licenses (350 million CC images of 6+ billion images [36] [37] )
mapillary Over 30 million free photos CC BY-SA
Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings and artworks CC0 (375,000) [38]
Mushroom Observer Collaborative amateur mycology database with approx. 600,000 observational photos [39] [40] CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA [41]
Panoramio Over 100 million pictures Various [42]
pixabay User photo, vector graphics , and video uploading and sharing service CC0 (555,000 images)
Unsplash User photo uploading and sharing service CC0 [43] [44]
Wikimedia Commons Free image and data repository, blinds Wikipedia images Various free CC licenses (millions of images [45] )


name Description License refs
ccMixter Community music website Mostly CC BY-NC
Free Music Archive Various
The Freesound Project CC0, CC BY, CC BY-NC and Sampling Plus
Ghosts I-IV By Nine Inch Nails BY-NC-SA
# Hot111 Charts By starfrosch CC-BY to CC-BY-NC-ND [46]
Jamendo Various
NINJAM Music files / archive CC BY-SA
Pulse of the Earth By Hungry Lucy CC BY-SA [47]
The Slip By Nine Inch Nails BY-NC-SA [48]
Shaking the Habitual By The Knife
Jonathan Coulton Jonathon Coulton’s Works CC 3.0 by Attribution
Paul and Storm Paul and Storm’s Works CC 2.5 By Attribution NonCommercial and ShareAlike
Open Goldberg Variations CC0 [49]


name Description License refs
20minutos Spanish free newspaper and news website CC BY-SA / CC BY-NC-SA [50]
Rooz Iranian blog
Al Jazeera’s broadcasting footage On January 13, 2009, some broadcasting content from Al Jazeera on the 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza conflict was released. CC BY 3.0 [51] [52] [53] [54] [55] [56]
The Stampa 3rd biggest newspaper of Italy . CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 [57]

Knowledge, research and science

name Description License refs
Copernicus Publications CC BY
Citizendium A wiki encyclopedia CC BY-SA
knol Website for personal essays. Went offline on May 1, 2012 but was archived on the Internet Archive [58] Mostly CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA

Databases and data

name Description License refs
OpenSeaMap CC SA-BY 2.0 / ODbL [59]
OpenStreetMap Until September 2012; Switched to ODbL CC BY-SA 2.0 for certain content [60] [61] [62]
SNPedia Database of single nucleotide polymorphisms CC BY-NC-SA [63]

Technology, blueprints and recipes

name Description License refs
Arduino CC BY-SA
Dragonbox Pyra Pre-release schematics released in November 2016 CC BY-NC-SA [64]
Free Beer In December 2004 Brewing recipe , brand and label artwork released under CC by Superflex and students of the University of Copenhagen CC BY-SA [65]
OpenMoko Neo Freerunner CAD, schematics, etc. Files in 2008 CC BY-SA 3.0 [66] [67]

Video and film

The Creative Commons maintain a film list themselves .

name Description License refs
Big Buck Bunny Product of the second Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2008. BY [68]
Rush Code Mozilla’s source code reads for release deadline. [69] BY-NC-SA 3.0 US [70]
Decay Zombie film made at CERN CC BY-NC [71]
Elephants Dream Product of the first Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2006 CC BY [72]
Nasty Old People A 2009 film in Swedish by Hanna Sköld CC BY-NC-SA
Life Wasted By Pearl Jam in 2006, first music video from a major record label to be CC licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 [73]
RiP !: A Remix Manifesto A 2008 open-source documentary film about “the changing concept of copyright ” and the remix culture [74] [75] directed by Brett Gaylor CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 [76]
Sita Sings the Blues Feature-length animated film free culture activist Nina Paley CC0 [77]
Sanctuary A re-mixable science fiction film
Sintel Product of the third Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2010
Star Wreck Amateur movie parodies of Star Trek and Babylon 5 (in Finnish)
Tears of Steel The fourth Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in September 2012. CC BY
Where are the Joneses Online sitcom (series) CC BY-SA


name Description License refs
Anatomography CC BY-SA
Association for Progressive Communications CC BY-SA
Boing Boing Popular Blog CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 (most) CC BY
Internet Archive Various Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
Mozilla website Home of the Mozilla Project CC BY-SA
Stack Overflow CC BY-SA
Wikia Since June 2009 CC BY-SA
Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia Since June 2009; Over 80 million items Text CC BY-SA (plus GFDL in most cases); Some in CC BY and CC-0; Hosted content also in public domain and various licenses. [79] [80]
Wikitravel CC BY-SA


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  7. Jump up^ “The Art of Unix Programming” . Archived from the originalon 17 March 2005 . Retrieved 12 October 2013 .
  8. Jump up^ A Briefer History of Time”CC BY-ND-NC 1.0″ (archived 2004)
  9. Jump up^ “The Archimedes Palimpsest” . University of Pennsylvania Libraries . Retrieved 2016-08-01 . All materials are OPENN are in the public domain or released under Creative Commons licenseshave Free Cultural Works
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  11. Jump up^ “archimedespalimpsest” . Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Creative Commons license, with attribution
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  13. Jump up^ Free souls captured and released”This is a celebration of all people who are willing to share” on
  14. Jump up^ Meat Atlas , Friends of the Earth, downloadMeat Atlasaspdf
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  22. Jump up^ Wealth of Networks wiki. Berkman Center for Internet & SocietyatHarvard University. Last accessed 16 Feb 2012.
  23. Jump up^ Kale, Arun (21 October 2010). “Of Fretting Cats and Wandering Rooks” . Helter Skelter . Square One Media. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010 . Retrieved 15 December 2010 .
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  26. Jump up^ Castle Crashers Soundtrack Released Under CC License(2008)
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  28. Jump up^ Blackwell, Laura (2013-11-18). “Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch offbeat art enters public domain” . . Retrieved 2013-12-11 .
  29. Jump up^ “Breakthrough for Free Gaming Software – Ryzom Announces Full Release of Source Code and Artwork, and a Partnership with the Free Software Foundation to Host a Repository of the Game’s Artistic Assets . ” . Retrieved 2010-05-06 .
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  31. Jump up^ Free game graphics: Tyrian ships and tileson by Daniel Cook (2007-04-04)
  32. Jump up^ Lost garden licenseis“All items licensed uses the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License”(2007)
  33. Jump up^ The Ur-Quan Masters licensing
  34. Jump up^ “Yo Frankie! License page” . Retrieved 2010-01-26 .
  35. Jump up^ cc10-featured-platform-deviantart
  36. Jump up^ creativecommonson
  37. Jump up^ Parfeni, Lucian (2011-08-05). “Flickr Boasts 6 Billion Photo Uploads” . Softpedia . Retrieved 2012-03-01 .
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  39. Jump up^ “Site Statistics” . Mushroom Observer . Retrieved 26 March2016 . Images 599669, 208462 Observations Listed Taxa 51072, 13184 Observed Taxa, Name Descriptions Authored 4312, 12812 Defined Rentals, Rental Descriptions Authored 847 Species Lists 685 Species List Entries 89263, Proposed IDs 299937, 113454 Comments, 418,612 votes, 6558 Members
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  44. Jump up^ Crew. “License | Unsplash” . . Retrieved 2017-02-20 .
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  47. Jump up^ “Pulse of the Earth” . Hungry Lucy.
  48. Jump up^ Carr, Daphne (May 28, 2008). “Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Free Music and Creative Competition – Page 1 – Music – Los Angeles –LA Weekly ” . LA Weekly . Archived from the original on 2008-12-26 . Retrieved July 21, 2013 .
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  52. Jump up^ Steuer, Eric (2009-01-13). “Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage Under Creative Commons License” . . Retrieved 2009-01-19 .
  53. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (2009-01-11). “Al Jazeera provides an inside look at Gaza conflict” . International Herald Tribune . Retrieved 2009-01-19 .
  54. Jump up^ “Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage under Creative Commons License” . Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository. Archived from the original on 2009-01-21 . Retrieved 2009-01-19 .
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  59. Jump up^ “OpenSeaMap: Frequently Asked Questions” . . Retrieved April 28, 2012 .
  60. Jump up^ “OpenStreetMap: Copyright and License” . . Retrieved April 28, 2012 .
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  64. Jump up^ Michael Mrozek (2016-11-20). “Power, Memory and Schematics” . by. As promised, the Pyra will be more open than the Pandora and Nikolaus had some time to clean up the schematics! Attached to this post are the schematics for the current revision (5.1.3) of the Pyra. […] License is CC-BY-NC-SA
  65. Jump up^ How can a beer be “free”? we “The recipe and the FREE BEER brand is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, qui That means clustering Basically anyone can use our recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of our recipe.”
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  67. Jump up^ schematicson
  68. Jump up^ “Big Buck Bunny about page” . Retrieved 2010-01-26 .
  69. Jump up^ Project Code Rush. “Project Code Rush” . Retrieved 2012-08-17 .
  70. Jump up^ Code Rush in the Creative Commons. “Code Rush in the Creative Commons” . . Retrieved 2010-02-02 .
  71. Jump up^ Wattercutter, Angela (31 October 2012). “Physics Students Make Zombie Movie Decay Deep Within the Bowels of CERN” . Wired . Retrieved 22 November 2012 .
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