Here is a list of 100 projects, artists and artworks (in the making) that all come with 'no rights reserved'. CC0 is the 'no copyright reserved' option in the Creative Commons toolkit.
"CC0 assets turns other artists IP into your raw material. You can do almost anything you want with the work. You can create derivatives to sell commercially confident that there is no legal recourse for copyright infringement." MintFace.
cc0 is a public domain dedication where the copyright is released, even in jurisdictions where it is difficult to do so.
Where a country doesn't allow the release of copyright away from the artist, the license says that no attribution is required when using the artwork. If neither of these legal protections are available in the jurisdiction, then the license, at a minimum, means the copyright holder 'will not take any actions that prevent a user of the work from exercising rights consistent with the intention of the copyright holder as expressed in CC0.' (CC0 - Creative Commons)
There are also independent artists that strategically release the copyrights on one or maybe a few of their back catalog of work. So far, the following artists have at least one artwork released under a very permissive licence including CC0.
Independent Artists with CC0 licenses
LDF’s Genesis Meme
A gm hopeful by Hugo Faz
Vocks 1/1 #39 by Vocks
Landscape Photography #03 by Alexandru Chitu
Soul Plantation by My_Soulwax
Same Storm, Different Boats by Matt Doogue
The Temple of Gold by Ompsyram
Trophies by Jellyfire
GM #03 by Anil Prabhakar
Manhattan by Tony Sellen
Cape Cod Sunrise by StuStuStudio
Check the status when the licence is invoked as many require their work to have sold as a non fungible token (NFT) first to invoke the license.
Why Giveaway Rights?
Artists get to make more than one artwork during their lives so releasing the rights to one artwork or one collection does not have an impact on the quantity of work they create and commercially sell. The opposite may in fact be true, where releasing a collection has the effect of being seen in more places because it can be used without negotiating a commercial deal between the artist and the would be licensee.
A good question to ask is 'what artwork would you like everyone to have in the digital wallet and in their digital gallery, that you created?'
🐳 Whales - Be A CC0 Catalyst
Unlocking artwork for the world to remix and make derivatives isn't cheap, yet it comes with a ton of status. Punk6529 has already purchased a number of artworks and releasing their art for the world to enjoy in any way they desire.
Here is a selection of artworks currently offered for sale under a CC0 license.
The Lone Cypress by Bombay Malayali
The Emojiland by Rakesh Pulapa
Motukiekie Sunset by Al Keddie
SOLO by Berizzed
Black Ice by Intrepid Photos
Sunkissed by Dreamyscapes
Golden Taj by Dreamyscapes
The Night Crown by Djpanjanp
Golden Sunrise by Namrata Vedi
Far Above The Rubli
The Great Wide Open by LCityscapes
Moon Rise by Articulate
The Myth of Noun Derivatives by Brandonmighty
If you have an artwork or know of a collection that is CC0 not listed here, please let @mintfaced know on Twitter to be listed here.