Creative Commons’ mission is to provide everyone in the world with easy, free, and legal access to knowledge and culture. Our signature tools are called Creative Commons licenses, which are free copyright licenses that creators can use to offer certain usage rights to the public, while reserving other rights. Millions of people, companies, and institutions throughout the world have used CC licenses to make their work – everything from academic coursework and scientific data to art, music, and journalism – available for free and legal sharing, use, and adaptation. CC license users include Whitehouse.gov, rock band Nine Inch Nails, Wikipedia, the Public Library of Science, Flickr, and Google.
Recently, Creative Commons launched the Catalyst Grants program, through which we will be awarding grants of $1000 to $10,000 to researchers, educators, and technologists across the globe. Catalyst Grants will make it possible for individuals and organizations to better harness the power of Creative Commons. A grant might enable a group in a developing country to research how Open Educational Resources can positively impact its community. Another could pay for a programmer to add CC license support to tools for publishing and distributing news. A third could fund a study of entrepreneurs using Creative Commons licenses to create a new class of socially responsible businesses.
Now through the end of June, we’re conducting the Catalyst Campaign. Our goal is to raise $100,000 from our supporters to fund the Catalyst Grants. Please donate today to help spread our mission of openness and innovation across cultural and national boundaries.
Campaign ends: 6/30/2010