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Creative Commons

noun
  1. Sometimes creative commons. a set of various licenses that allow people to share their copyrighted work to be copied, edited, built upon, etc., while retaining the copyright to the original work (often used attributively): We’re happy for other sites to share these photos under Creative Commons;a creative commons license.
  2. the nonprofit organization that releases these licenses.
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Origin of Creative Commons

First recorded in 2000–05
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