CREATIVE COMMONS CORPORATION

aka CC   |   Mountain View, CA   |  http://creativecommons.org

Mission

Our Mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. Our Vision: Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Mr Ryan Merkley

Main address

PO Box 1866

Mountain View, CA 94042 USA

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EIN

04-3585301

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Our programs

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Licenses and Legal Tools

CC’s free and easy-to-use legal tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear usage rights. So far, there are more than 1.4 billion CC-licensed works online — all of them are available to anyone in the world to use, adapt, and build upon. We support the culture of the commons both on a user level and an institutional level.

Population(s) Served

In 2018, CC released a completely revamped and massively expanded CC Search — a new “front door” to The Commons that makes it easy for anyone to find knowledge and creativity they can use freely and legally.

Population(s) Served

We work closely with governments and institutions around the world to support them in unlocking knowledge funded for the public good. Additionally, CC helps shape the conversation about copyright reform through well-researched policy positions and campaigns that engage public support. Finally, we train and support the next generation of open community practitioners and leaders — and produce an annual event, the CC Global Summit, that brings the open community together to identify opportunities and establish priorities.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Creative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organization and global community dedicated to supporting an open and accessible Internet that is enriched with free knowledge and resources for people around the world to use, share, and cultivate. Creative Commons creates and maintains the licenses that are the standard for enabling sharing and remix. There is no larger compendium of shared human knowledge and creativity than the Commons, including over 1.4 billion digital works available under CC tools, and in the public domain. When artists, educators, scientists, governments, and other creators share work with a CC license, they become contributors to a global Commons containing hundreds of millions of openly-licensed resources available for use by anyone, globally. In addition to advancing licenses and legal tools, program areas include discovery and collaboration tools, policy and advocacy, community building, and education.

Creative Commons’ overarching strategy is to foster a vibrant, usable, and collaborative global commons, powered by an engaged community of creators, curators, and users of content, knowledge, and data. We pursue the fulfillment of this strategy by focusing in three intermediate outcome areas: discovery, collaboration, and advocacy.

Creative Commons’ 2016-2020 Organizational Strategy can be viewed at https://creativecommons.org/use-remix/ideas/

Creative Commons’ CC Search vision, strategy, and roadmap are available at https://creativecommons.org/2019/03/19/cc-search/

Creative Commons’ Global Network Strategy process and the ongoing outcomes of this work can be followed at https://network.creativecommons.org/ ; aggregated elements of the strategy process and information about participating in Platforms of the Global Network are available at https://creativecommons.org/2018/07/26/flipping-the-switch-on-a-revitalized-cc-network/ and https://creativecommons.org/2019/01/10/global-network-2/

Updates and new course releases regarding Creative Commons’ CC Certificate educational program and OER materials are available at https://certificates.creativecommons.org/

Creative Commons is powered by a staff of two dozen talented individuals — https://creativecommons.org/about/team/ — with deep expertise and diverse skills, established networks, and a passion for cultivating openness in practice, culture, and community. Our staff, Global Network of peers and partners, and Board of Directors, comprised of notable leaders and openness advocates in the legal and technology sectors, possess the skills, relationships, and standing to contribute to all conversations about the future of openly-licensed content.

Creative Commons emphasizes strategic communications and transparency measures to increase awareness, associate brand with mission, and improve engagement with our various user groups and supporters. Our core assets — a license suite and related tools — are well documented in an open environment that encourages collaboration and input from external contributors. The latest, license version 4.0, was developed in a multi-year collaborative process with contributors from across the globe.

The name “Creative Commons" is synonymous with legal sharing and signals that an organization or creator is committed to openness and enriching the wealth of art, research, culture, and knowledge freely available to the world. The organization has followed a steep growth trajectory since its launch nearly two decades ago. It is currently regarded as the global leader in open licensing. Creative Commons' tools are accepted as the gold standard for openly licensing content in many academic, public policy, cultural, and scientific arenas. Creative Commons has created game-changing licensing tools that have inspired and supported a movement of individual creators, advocates, institutions, and governments toward openness and full access to art, knowledge, and science.

Financials

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CREATIVE COMMONS CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 4/3/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Molly Van Houweling

Associate Dean and Co-Director at Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Term: 2017 -

Molly Van Houweling

Associate Dean and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Ben Adida

Director of Engineering at Clever

Renata Avila

Human Rights Lawyer, Intellectual Property and Technology

Amy Brand

Director, MIT Press

Delia Browne

National Copyright Director, National Copyright Unit (NCU, Australia)

Ryan Merkley

CEO, Creative Commons

Johnathan Nightingale

Chief Product Officer, Hubba

Ruth Okediji

William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota

Diane Peters

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Creative Commons

Thomas Rubin

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Special Counsel, Quinn Emanuel

Lawrence Lessig

Emeritus Board Member and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes