2004 October

Browsing and searching for licensed photos at Flickr

Matt Haughey, October 1st, 2004

Flickr is a great online photo sharing app that allows you to tag all your photos with a Creative Commons license. We’ve blogged about it in the past and interviewed the founder as well. Today they launched an entire area of their site devoted to showing off all the photos within their system that are tagged with each license. If you jump to any of the “see all” links below, you’ll find a stream of photos that are even searchable, within license type.

What’s great about Flickr exposing this functionality is that it makes the thousands of licensed photos readily available. Say for instance I want to find photos of last week’s Gilberto Gil-David Byrne concert in New York? Just drop into one of the popular licenses and search for a keyword. Flickr also exposes their innovative keyword tagging system among licensed files. Here are what the most popular tags look like on attribution-noncommercial-sharealike photos, allowing you to browse photos containing those keywords.

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Well, how did I get here?

Nathan Yergler, October 1st, 2004

Back in Indiana after a whirl-wind week in New York City, I’m still processing the whole experience, telling everyone I can about Creative Commons and the concert. Never having been to NYC, the entire experience is worth remembering. That said, the concert definitely stands out in my mind. Seeing the sheer energy of the volunteers manning our t-shirt table was inspiring. Seeing the audience dancing in the aisle was heartening. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” without picturing David Byrne jumping up and down on stage, and the entire audience jumping in time with him.

As I sipped my wine at the after party, reflecting on how lucky I am to have this job, David Byrne walked by. Gil wasn’t far behind. And I thought to myself “Now this is a Once in a Lifetime moment,” followed by

“Well, how did I get here?

This is not my beautiful life!
This is not my beautiful job!
These are not our beautiful offices!”

And most important, “Where does that highway go?” And by “highway” I mean CC.

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David Byrne’s Journal

Mike Linksvayer, October 1st, 2004

David Byrne’s tour journal now has an entry for last week’s WIRED concert and Creative Commons benefit. Byrne on the songs he and Gilberto Gil played together:

Over the last few weeks I’ve been E-mailing his people regarding the possibilities of us doing a song or 2 together. We’ve exchanged ideas and MP3s via Email, as we only have the afternoon soundcheck to rehearse together. It’s been kind of crazy, but it works.

Ever wonder what a rock star does after the after-concert party?

I ride my bicycle home – It might be around 3AM.

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