List of major Creative Commons licensed works

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Number of Creative Commons licensed works as of 2014.[1]

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.

Number of creative commons works[edit]

An analysis in November 2014 revealed that the amount of CC licensed works in major databases and searchable via 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 now also a search engine for major databases as: Europeana, Open Clip Art Library, Pixabay, ccMixter and more.[3]

Governments and intergovernmental organizations[edit]

As of January 2016, 31 governments and 7 intergovernmental organizations have made their information available per CC according 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 as Free Cultural Works CC BY [9][10][11]
Free Culture 2004 by Lawrence Lessig (the first CC licensed book released by a major mainstream 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 which discusses several legal issues regarding the Internet CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
The Honour 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 Earth and 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[edit]

Name Description License Refs
Connexions 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[edit]

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 (former 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 software PC 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 (former Star Control II) Action RPG Artwork Cc-by-nc-sa [33]
Yo Frankie! A game resulting from a cooperation between the Blender Foundation and the Crystal Space community Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution [34]

Images and photos[edit]

Name Description License Refs
deviantART image artwork sharing website various (15 millions CC licensed) [35]
Flickr user photo uploading and sharing service various CC licenses (350 millionen 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 photos 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, stores 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]
La Stampa 3rd biggest newspaper of Italy. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 [57]

Knowledge, research and science[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 IT 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[edit]

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]
Code Rush 2000 documentary of Netscape's last year as an independent company, focusing on the rush to make Mozilla's source code ready 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 by 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-NoDerivatives 4.0 International 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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