CC and the Arts

This webpage tracks developments and provides information about the use of Creative Commons licences by artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and arts organisations in Australia.


Since launching, there has been widespread uptake of the Creative Commons licences in the creative industries. Whether it's musicians making samples available for others to remix or filmmakers looking to get their films onto screens all around the world, Creative Commons has been used by some creators as a strategic tool in their distribution, collaboration and commerce models.

Want to know more?

Follow CC in the Arts AU on Twitter at: @artsCCAu or search for the hashtag #artsCCAu for updates.

Or you can down basic introductory fact sheets on using the Creative Commons system specifically aimed at creators at our Creator fact sheets page.


Category Archives: Arts and Creativity

Australia’s story goes viral

A project which has opened up historic video clips of events including the release of Lindy Chamberlain and the introduction of World Series Cricket has been viewed 1.5 million times in the first month. The collaborative initiative between the ARC … Continue reading

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Wired.com releases 50 images under CC

From 7 November 2011, all Wired.com staff-produced photos will be released in high-res format on their newly launched public Flickr stream under a CC BY-NC license. And to mark their new licensing policy, they have compiled a gallery of 50 pictures from past Wired stories. Continue reading

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Date claimer: Creative Commons for You, and for Government


Can’t get enough of CC? We will be making our way down to Canberra in about a month, so make sure you mark it in your diaries!

A free public seminar on the topic CC for You, and for Government, will be presented by Professor Anne Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper and Cheryl Foong on Friday, 4 November 2011, 9.00am – 3.30pm at National Library of Australia (Theatre at Lower ground floor), Parkes Place, ACT.

We want to make this event meaningful for you. If you have encountered any practical or operational issues in your personal or working environments, please contact Cheryl Foong at cheryl.foong@qut.edu.au. We will do our best to accomodate your interests.

For more details, updates and to RSVP, please visit the event page.

CC Korea translates Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report

The Report of the Government 2.0 Taskforce, released under a CC Attribution 2.5 Australia licence in 2010, has since been translated into Korean.

The translation project began as an inspired effort by a team of CC Korea volunteers.

Credits— Screenshot of CC Korea site. Website licensed under CC BY 2.0 Korea.

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Australian Dress Register an open closet to our history

Once again, our Australian cultural institutions are showing their resourcefulness in making the most of web 2.0 technology to share historical information with the public.

The Australian Design Register, an initiative of the Powerhouse Museum and several other historical and cultural institutions,

Credits—Photo: Australian Dress Register – 19th century convict jacket by Powerhouse Museum, CC BY NC 3.0 Au

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