A simple way to search for creative commons art in DA, is to use Google advance search.

Put it in you google.com search:
"This work is licensed under a Creative Commons" site:deviantart.com

Click the word "Images" in the left of the google page. It will show images instead of pages.

Voila. You'll see all images under CC in DA.
If you want to be more specific in your search, you can add words in the search above.

It doesn't compares with an in-site feature, but at least it is a workaround...
I'd like to give everyone a little bit of information about the Creative Commons options on DeviantArt. Seeing as we are a Creative Commons group, it's very important for everyone here to understand how these licenses work.

Most people just click the little radio button that says "use a creative commons license" and have done with it, but DeviantArt allows as little sharing as possible and is the very opposite of the intent of Creative Commons. If you leave the default settings on then your work will be very limited and not available in the free culture community. Since here, picking the right license is important, we encourage you to think about what you want to allow and change some of the default options.

The general gist of how the deviantArt creative commons buttons work in relation to your art is this:

- "Use a creative commons license" allows people to copy your work and share it, perhaps online or with their friends offline. With only this option submitted, your work may only be used in the original form without any changes and it may not be used commercially. This means nobody can make deviations based on part of your work and limit the people who can use the work. Please try not to stop at enabling only this one.

- "Allow commercial uses of your work" removes the non-commercial restriction and allows people to use your work in conjunction with any commercial enterprise. Most free culture groups (open source etc) don't allow non-commercial restrictions because it harms collaboration. As a rule of thumb if you don't intend to sell your work later on then you should allow commercial use. We have a gallery especially for this type of license, so if you're willing to allow people to use your deviation for their work projects, we'd like you to have a place in our special gallery and to thank you!

- "Allow modifications of your work" is very important. This means people may make derivative works based on your deviation. Without this ticked, nobody may use your deviation to create their own work. If your art has a very specific artistic integrity which is vital then don't allow derivative works.

- "Yes, as long as others share alike" means that anyone who uses your work must also make their derivative work the exact same Creative Commons License. This is the same type of copyleft license that Open Source uses to ensure that everyone, even businesses that use the work, have to play fair. It guarantees that the work will remain free culture. This is what Wikipedia uses.

Here's an example of a deviation which allows maximum freedom of use:
Screenshot of Creative Commons License on DeviantArt

So please, check your licenses, and share!
As you may or may not have noticed, we have a new gallery format! This means that we now have separate folders for different themes of deviations and different Creative Commons licenses!

What happened to all the existing deviations you may ask? They've all been moved to the appropriate galleries, so you don't have to worry about them :)

So, go check out the Gallery now!

As always, we only allow content which is released under a creative commons license in our gallery, but now we have sub-categories to make browsing easier.

Here are the galleries and what goes into them:

You will notice you can no longer submit to the featured gallery. This is now going to be admin-only submission, which means that we will pick some of the best stuff from the other galleries and copy it here. If you think your work or someone else's within the gallery deserves to be in features, please send the group a note.

Here you may submit any deviation which combines a variety of things, including but not limited to people, props, environments and long exposure light painting. Here's an example: A drawing of a person walking down a street where cars are driving by would be considered a scene.

Photos/Matte Paintings/Drawings etc of things that do not move. Examples include empty streets where there is no motion, fields, etc. Slight movement that can be deleted is fine (such as birds far off in the sky) but there must be no foreground subject.

People, animals, birds, character designs etc. Any sort of reference or resource that is humanoid or bestial belongs here.

Props, machines, cars, robots etc belong here, this includes references, beauty shots, cutouts etc.

You can submit textures and texture objects here. This includes pictures of grungy walls, images of skies, and all sorts of various materials. It doesn't have to be tile-able (although it can be) to belong here.

Submit application-specific resources here and resources that don't fit in the above categories. These include application-specific plug-ins/resources, scripts, stand alone applications etc.

This category is for submitting interface items. This includes buttons, badges, icons, web designs, fonts, etc.

Commercial Use
This gallery is for content that has a commercial use license in the CC agreement. Anything submitted here should also be submitted to the appropriate gallery it would otherwise belong to.

Stuff that doesn't belong in any of the other categories. If we've missed a worthwhile category and get lots of similar submissions here, we'll create a new one.

This gallery is for CC content that does not allow derivative works. This means people can't make things using your CC content so please make sure you check or ask if you are unsure about what a CC clause means. If you have this type of license, you may NOT submit to our other galleries, as it means people can't use your stuff for their own work, they can only use it as-is for backgrounds etc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Why can't I submit to the featured gallery?
For a number of reasons. Everything that is in the featured gallery is also in one of the regular galleries, so you can submit to the regular gallery and if it catches the eye of an admin, it could end up in featured! If you think a deviation in our galleries really deserves to be featured, feel free to send the group a note.

Why am I not allowed to submit to the regular galleries if the license on my work is set to non-derivative?
Non-derivative licenses are great for backgrounds and things that people can print out and adorn their walls with, but they are not really useful to artists who are after resources. We like to encourage members to set their CC licenses to derivative, and to make it easier for people browsing for resources to find only things which they can use, so we tuck the non-derivative works in their own folder for easy navigation.

Why do commercial-use licensed deviations appear in multiple galleries?
Because some members may need resources for their for-pay projects. We are very proud of our deviants who are happy to allow their work to be incorporated into a commercial-use policy, so we reward them by giving them a special gallery and allowing them to re-post in the regular ones.

That's all for now folks! If you have any questions about the above, feel free to reply to this blog entry.
Deadline, March 24th: White House Seeks Input to Improve Copyright Protection

I saw this on the Daily Cartoonist website, and decided to forward it. I have already put it in as a comment, but thanks to DoctorMO I've been accepted a member, so now I'm repeating it here in the blog.

I am posting a cut & pate of the article, and a link to it.

The link: dailycartoonist.com/index.php/…

The article:


Posted by Alan Gardner
March 19, 2010

Thank you Lynn Reznick for forwarding this to me. Summary: The new White House copyright czar is collecting comments from artists on how to improve copyright protection. See below for details. All comments must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST. Please read and submit your comments.

White House Seeks Artists’ Comments to Improve Copyright Protection

New Copyright Czar begins Joint Strategic Plan to Protect Intellectual Property
Victoria Espinel is the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), also known as the Copyright Czar. Congress created IPEC by an Act of Congress. Ms. Espinel serves within the Executive Office of the President to coordinate with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property.

Ms. Espinel and her team are specifically tasked with formulating and implementing a Joint Strategic Plan to help protect the ingenuity and creativity of Americans by improving the U.S. Government’s protection of the rights of intellectual property owners.

Your input is requested.

The White House is inviting your public input and participation to shape an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy. Please respond with your written submissions regarding the costs to you, your business and the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of your intellectual property rights, both direct and indirect.

This will be a 2-part process.
The first is to gather public recommendations by March 24. IPEC will then gather your input on the formulated plan.

Please be precise.

Include your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are. Explain why copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist, how infringement affects you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of American artists. If your submission is about your economic loss due to infringement of your copyrights you must clearly identify the methodology used to calculate your losses or otherwise validate your infringement and enforcement costs.

Your submission will be publicly posted.

For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.

Confidential disclosures.
If you have confidential business information that would support your recommendation or that you believe would help the Government formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let them know by contacting:

Thomas L. Stoll
Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
(202) 395-1808

Deadline: Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST.

Address: All submissions should be sent electronically via intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov