What Is Creative Commons, and Why Is There a U.S. Affiliate?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that designs user-friendly copyright licenses which provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work. Its license are used by authors, artists, and other creators worldwide.

Creative Commons Affiliates are volunteer organizations based in numerous countries that apply support and promote CC activities in their jurisdiction. These teams have a wide range of responsibilities, including public outreach, community building, translating information and tools, fielding inquiries, conducting research, communicating with the public, maintaining resources for CC users, and in general, promoting sharing and our mission. The Affiliates have a formal relationship with Creative Commons via an agreement between organizations, universities or individuals in the jurisdiction and CC HQ.

Housed American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), Creative Commons United States is a volunteer affiliate which works on CC related issues specific to the United States, including state efforts to expand the use of Open Educational Resources. It will also work on matters related to the interaction of the CC license suite with doctrines in US law, such as fair use.

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