List of works available under a Creative Commons license

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Number of Creative Commons licensed works as of 2014, per State of the Commons report

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


Name Description License Refs
The Art of Unix Programming 2003 book about the history and culture of Unix programming by Eric S. Raymond CC-BY-ND 1.0 (with added proviso) [1]
A Briefer History of Time 1999 science humor book by Eric Schulman
The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond (the first complete and commercially released book under a CC license, with added proviso, published by O'Reilly & Associates)
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig (2004) (the first CC-licensed book released by a major mainstream publisher, Penguin Books)
The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig (2001) (originally published by Random House) CC-BY-NC
The Future Of The Internet A 2008 book by Jonathan Zittrain which discusses several legal issues regarding the Internet
The Honour of the Knights A science fiction novel by Stephen J Sweeney
Meat Atlas A collection of graphs and 27 essays on meat consumption and production by Friends of the Earth and Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2014 CC-BY-SA [2]
Move Under Ground A novel by Nick Mamatas
The New Hacker's Dictionary by Eric S. Raymond (with added proviso)
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Interfaces on Trial 2.0 by Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh (2011) (published by MIT Press) CC-BY-NC-ND
Open Access by Peter Suber (2012) (published by MIT Press) CC-BY
The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright by Hector Postigo (2012) (published by MIT Press) CC-BY
Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation by Peter F. Cowhey and Jonathan D. Aronson with Donald Abelson (2009) (published by MIT Press) CC-BY-NC-SA
Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Digital Rights Movement by Sasha Costanza-Chock (2014) (published by MIT Press) CC-BY-NC


Name Description License Refs
Diesel Sweeties CC BY-NC 2.5
Erfworld CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Johnny Wander (the book publication form) [3]
Mimi & Eunice CC BY-SA 3.0
Overcompensating CC BY-NC 3.0
xkcd CC BY-NC 2.5

Educational resources[edit]

Name Description License Refs
Connexions academic course modules, hosted by Rice University
Khan Academy CC BY-NC-SA
Open Courseware CC BY-NC-SA
The Saylor Foundation Peer-reviewed college courses and textbooks CC BY
WikiEducator default CC BY-SA, also CC BY and CC0
Project Euler Site hosting computer programming problems CC BY-NC-SA


Name Description License Refs
Cards Against Humanity
Eclipse Phase
Open Game Art CC BY and -SA 3.0 without NC, CC0
Star Wreck Roleplaying Game

Video games[edit]

Name Description License Refs
Castle Crashers Soundtrack released under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA [4]
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 [5][6]
Mari0 Super Mario clone mashup with Portal CC BY-NC-SA
OpenClonk (former Clonk) A computer game originally developed by RedWolf Design, later opened to the community. Artwork under CC-BY
Red Eclipse The first-person shooter Red Eclipse is built upon the Cube Engine 2.[7][8] The game data assets are mainly under the Copyleft License CC-BY-SA-3.0.[9]
Ryzom Artwork under CC BY-SA. [10]
Sintel The Game A game based on the Blender Foundation movie, Sintel. CC-BY
Tyrian (now OpenTyrian) Scrolling shooter graphic assets under CC-BY 3.0 US[11][12]
The Ur-Quan Masters (former Star Control II) Action RPG Artwork Cc-by-nc-sa [13]
Yo Frankie! A game resulting from a cooperation between the Blender Foundation and the Crystal Space community Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution [14]


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
Jamendo Various CC0
NINJAM Music files/archive CC BY-SA
Pulse of the Earth By Hungry Lucy CC BY-SA [15]
The Slip By Nine Inch Nails
Shaking the Habitual By The Knife Free Music and Soundscapes CC 3.0 by Attribution
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


Name Description License Refs
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 [16][17][18][19][20][21]


Name Description License Refs
Copernicus Publications CC BY
SNPedia Database of single nucleotide polymorphisms CC BY-NC-SA [22]


Name Description License Refs
Arduino CC BY-SA
IP2Location DB1.LITE A solution to determine the country of origin for any IP address CC BY-SA
AAZZAA Recumbent Tadpole Trike Plans Drawings and instructions for the construction of a tadpole recumbent trike fully suspended. CC BY-NC-SA


Name Description License Refs
Big Buck Bunny Product of the second Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2008. BY [23]
Code Rush
Decay Zombie film made at CERN
Elephants Dream Product of the first Blender Foundation Open Movie Project, released in 2006 [24]
Nasty Old People A 2009 film in Swedish by Hanna Sköld
RiP!: A Remix Manifesto
Sita Sings the Blues feature-length animated film
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.
The Cancer Report A documentary about the cancer industry, released in September 2010. BY-NC-SA
Where are the Joneses online sitcom (series)


Name Description License Refs
Anatomography CC BY-SA
Association for Progressive Communications CC BY-SA
BADCamp Bay Area Drupal Camp site
Boing Boing Popular blog
Citizendium CC BY-SA CC BY
Internet Archive Various
knol mostly CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA
Mozilla website Home of the Mozilla Project CC BY-SA
Mushroom Observer CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC-SA
OpenSeaMap [26]
OpenStreetMap Until September 2012 CC-BY-SA 2.0 for certain content [27][28][29]
Stack Overflow CC BY-SA
Wikia Since June 2009 CC BY-SA
Wikimedia Commons CC licenses among other options
Wikinews CC BY
Wikipedia Since June 2009 CC BY-SA [30]
Wikitravel CC BY-SA
Wikivoyage CC BY-SA


  1. ^ "The Art of Unix Programming". Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Meat Atlas, Friends of the Earth, download Meat Atlas as pdf
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Castle Crashers Soundtrack Released Under CC License (2008)
  5. ^ tinyspeck (2013-11-18). "Glitch is Dead, Long Live Glitch! - Art & Code from the Game Released into Public Domain". Retrieved 2013-12-11. The entire library of art assets from the game, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose. 
  6. ^ Blackwell, Laura (2013-11-18). "Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch's offbeat art enters public domain". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  7. ^ Mike Schramm (March 18, 2011). "Free, open source FPS 'Red Eclipse' hits version 1.0". Joystiq. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Michael Brune (January 24, 2012). "Red Eclipse - An open source fast-paced classic shooter". Indie Game Reviewer. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Red Eclipse Team (January 24, 2012). "Red Eclipse license". Red Eclipse Team. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Massively Multiplayer Game Ryzom Released as Free Culture and Free Software (2010)
  11. ^ Free game graphics: Tyrian ships and tiles Daniel Cook (2007-04-04)
  12. ^ Lost garden license
  13. ^ The Ur-Quan Masters licensing
  14. ^ "Yo Frankie! license page". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  15. ^ "Pulse of the Earth". Hungry Lucy. 
  16. ^ Benenson, Fred (2009-01-13). "Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  17. ^ Steuer, Eric (2009-01-13). "Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage Under Creative Commons License". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  18. ^ Cohen, Noam (2009-01-11). "Al Jazeera provides an inside look at Gaza conflict". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  19. ^ "Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage under Creative Commons License". Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  20. ^ Andrews, Robert (2009-11-14). "Al Jazeera Offers Creative Commons Video, Lessig Lends Backing". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  21. ^ Ito, Joi (2009-01-14). "Al Jazeera Launches Creative Commons Repository". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  22. ^ "SNPedia:Copyrights". SNPedia. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Big Buck Bunny about page". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  24. ^ "Elephants Dream license page". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
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  26. ^ "OpenSeaMap: Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  27. ^ "OpenStreetMap: Copyright and License". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  28. ^ OpenStreetMap#Licensing terms
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  30. ^ "Wikipedia:Text of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License". Retrieved April 28, 2012.