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Over 1 billion works now licensed with Creative Commons

Graph showing growth of CC licensed content, 170 million in 2006 to 1.1 billion at the end of 2015.
December 9
Curt Newton

Open sharing? We couldn't do it without you, Creative Commons.

Since OCW adopted a Creative Commons license in 2004, we've shared materials from thousands of MIT courses with hundreds of millions of people around the world. All those pageviews, file downloads, remixes and translations, and passing along to friends and colleagues have been enabled by Creative Commons' clear and widely-accepted terms of use.

Today, Creative Commons announced a major milestone: over 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization’s founding. The size of the commons has nearly tripled in the past five years alone. Read more about Creative Commons' impressive growth and impact in their just-released 2015 State of the Commons Report.

Creators are choosing to share many of their works with the world, free of or with limited restrictions, to support global collaboration. MIT OpenCourseWare is proud to support the Creative Commons' vision, and proud of our contributions to this vibrant community powered by collaboration and gratitude. The benefits are a world of free and open content that creates more equity, access, and innovation for everyone.