Creative Commons

  1. Freely licensed magic at Eurovision

    Photo by Albin Olsson, CC BY-SA 4.0.

    Thanks to Albin Olsson, free photographic mastery was on display at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.... Read more

  2. Save the safe harbors that power the open web

    Photo by Slaunger, CC BY-SA-3.0

    The Wikimedia Foundation advocates to the U.S. Copyright Office for the preservation of protections from copyright liability for intermediaries, and against turning intermediaries into copyright police.... Read more

  3. Creative Commons: Preserving culture, 1 billion items at a time

    Photo by Phantom3Pix, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The golden ceiling of a mosque in Iran, an orange and white lighthouse in Germany, the red roof of a Buddhist temple in Thailand. This year’s Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest winners glow with the colorful cultural heritage of the world. And the over 230,000 entries poured into Wikimedia projects with the help of Creative Commons licenses.... Read more

  4. Supporting access to mass digitization collections

    "LOC Main Reading Room Highsmith" by Carol M. Highsmith, under public domain

    The Wikimedia Foundation, in coordination with Creative Commons and the Internet Archive, urges the U.S. Copyright Office not to propose a pilot program that inhibits fair use or undermines freely accessible mass digitization projects.... Read more

  5. #FREEBASSEL: Free culture advocate who built 3D renderings of Palmyra missing in Syria

    Photo by Christopher Lee Adams, public domain.

    “We are worried sick about his life.”... Read more

  6. Drone photography of Versailles: Lionel Allorge

    Video by Victor Grigas and Reetta Kemppi, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    France-based photographer Lionel Allorge was drawn to Wikimedia Commons from the appeal of free and open licensing. Now, his images illustrate articles of grand monuments and landmarks in his home country.... Read more

  7. Wikimedia Russia and Tunguska Electronic Music Society release first freely licensed 3plet album

    "Tunguska E.M.S. for Creative Commons (track 11, pic.2)" by David Revoy / Blender Foundation, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

    Recently, Wikimedia RU and the free music society “Tunguska E. M. S.” announced the release of their first mutual album, published in the new digital format 3plet and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 open licence. […]... Read more

  8. The First ever Creative Commons event in Telugu: Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC

    "Indu Gnaana Vedika Wikisource event flyer" by రహ్మానుద్దీన్, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

    Telugu is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya) and is the official language of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the Union Territory district of Yanam. In India alone Telugu is spoken by 100 million people and is estimated to have 180 million speakers around the world. The government of India declared Telugu a Classical language in 200... Read more

  9. Creative Commons releases version 4.0: Congratulations!

    Yamashita Yohei – CC on Orange Today, Creative Commons announced the release of version 4.0 of their license suite. CC drafted version 4.0 in order to create a more international, adoptable, and long-lasting license. As a long-time supporter and user of Creative Commons, Wikimedia congratulates CC on the release. We think it gives the open culture movement improved legal tools, and hope that... Read more

  10. What are readers looking for? Wikipedia search data now available

    (Update 9/20 17:40 PDT)  It appeared that a small percentage of queries contained information unintentionally inserted by users. For example, some users may have pasted unintended information from their clipboards into the search box, causing the information to be displayed in the datasets. This prompted us to withdraw the files. We are looking into the feasibility of publishing search logs at an... Read more