XMP JPEG embedding with PHP

Mike Linksvayer, September 23rd, 2006

A couple weeks ago we announced a Java tool for embedding XMP metadata in PDFs. Now Jon Phillips has taken the pjmt PHP library and wrapped it with simple command line an library methods for embedding XMP metadata in JPEG image files. Obviously this would be useful for integration with web-based photo sites. Get the code from the xmp/jpeg-php module of the cctools subversion repository on sourceforge.

Also see our XMP overview page. As Nathan Yergler wrote a few days ago, this code is partially inspired by our Google Summer of Code experience.

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Remix culture: example and education

Mike Linksvayer, September 21st, 2006

Uwe Hermann points to a cool reuse of one of his CC-licensed photos and video of Lawrence Lessig’s Wizards of OS 4 keynote.

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Valleywag: Record companies, it’s finally time for the Creative Commons license

Eric Steuer, September 20th, 2006

Our sentiments exactly!

Practically every online downloading system already comes with a Digital Rights Management lock that limits its use. That same technology could mark music as “pre-approved for performance” — a song that users can play with, dance to, re-record, and post to the Internet with impunity. YouTube could check for a simple key, much easier than whatever magic copyrighted-music-recognizer YouTube has up its sleeve.

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Google Summer of Code Wrap-up

Nathan Yergler, September 20th, 2006

This summer Creative Commons had the privilege of participating in the Google Summer of Code. The Summer of Code is an opportunity for students to gain experience working on open source projects with financial support from Google. Participating projects provide mentoring to the students, and benefit from their efforts through the summer.

Creative Commons had three projects successfully completed this summer. Luke Hoersten worked on CcBanshee, an extension which adds license support to the popular Banshee music player. While Luke’s initial project proposal was to write a simple plugin to handle this functionality, he found that he needed to make architectural changes once he began coding. Luke worked closely with the Banshee community to understand and extend the plugin API, resulting in the addition of a priority scheduler for plugins like CcBanshee to use. Luke also dug in and implemented part of his plugin as a stand-alone C# library which can be used for generic license validation, cc-sharp. Hopefully we’ll see other Mono applications make use of this functionality, building on the great work Luke did this summer.

Bruno Dilly proposed and completed a project which will help bring two of Creative Commons’ software offerings together in a natural evolution. Bruno worked with both ccHost and ccPublisher in order to allow users of ccPublisher to upload works to ccHost installations, including ccMixter. Bruno’s work with two code bases in two languages was impressive, and we think that bridging these two projects adds value to both. Bruno’s ccPublisher work is currently in a branch, and we’ll be shipping it along with, or shortly after ccPublisher 2.4 later this fall.

Rob Litzke also worked on a ccPublisher-related project this summer, developing a plugin to support uploading of images to Flickr. Rob’s work helped point out some deficencies in the current plugin API, which we’re working to address in ccPublisher 2.4 so we can ship his code. Rob also took on the challenge of developing a specification and code for embedding license claims in JPEG files via EXIF metadata. While this part of the project wasn’t as successful as the Flickr plugin, it did lead to a broader discussion of the role of embedded metadata, and the consideration of XMP as a preferred, multi-file-format way of embedding license metadata in media.

Thanks to all our students who spent their summer working to improve Creative Commons’ technology, and thanks to Google for their continued support of open source software. If you’re interested in working on a CC technology project, we have plenty of ideas; we’d love to hear from you.

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Tomorrow night at the NYPL: Architecture for Humanity

Eric Steuer, September 19th, 2006

New Yorkers, there’s a terrific event happening tomorrow night in your neck of the woods: Live from the NYPL presents a panel with Cameron Sinclair, Kate Stohr and Cynthia Barton of Architecture for Humanity (which we profiled as a Featured Commoner here) at the NYPL. John Hockenberry is moderating the discussion which will address how contemporary designers and architects are using their talents to respond to the world’s humanitarian crises.

As we enter the 21st century the field of architecture is at a crossroads. From Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq, large-scale urbanization, disaster and conflict has destabilized not only our political structures but also the built environment prompting many to question the building practices of the past. Is the role of the architect to create the signature monuments that define and exalt our cultural and economic values? Or, is there an alternative path to building in the world today, one that engages people where they live and work and recognizes that sustainability is not a luxury but a necessity?

LIVE from the NYPL
CAMERON SINCLAIR, KATE STOHR & CYNTHIA BARTON with John Hockenberry, moderator
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
at 7:00 PM
Celeste Bartos Forum
$15 general admission and $10 library donors, seniors and students with valid identification
Buy tickets

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Rocking the Virtual World

Jennifer Yip, September 19th, 2006

Our first Second Life concert packed the seats in the popular venue, Menorca. Audio simulcast made it possible for listeners, who couldn’t enter the full sim, to hear the the performance via iTunes or teleporting to other sites, such as the Big Horn Lodge in Selby, Akasha Village in Goryeo, and CC HQ in Kula. Despite the griefer activity that caused a brief crash in the system, the talented musicians continued with the show which ignited the audience’s enthusiasm to last through the end of the show. We heard a wonderful range of vocals and music from Melvin Took, Kourosh Eusebio, Etherian Kamaboko, Slim Warrior, Jaycatt Nico, Frogg Marlowe, and Cylindrian Rutabaga. Jonathan Coulton’s feature performance evoked cheers, jokes, and laughter with his clever lyrics and wild stage props (including a zombie attack).



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Thanks to Popular Science for sponsoring the event; Slim Warrior for not only providing her venue, but also performing during a late London night; and Scott Schram with his team of resourceful concert coordinators for making it all happen. To find pics and audio, visit PopSci’s site and Flickr.



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GOOD Magazine Comes to NYC

Francesca Rodriquez, September 19th, 2006

NYC CC friends: You are invited to a party this Thursday, Sept 21 at Emergency Arts in Chelsea, hosted by GOOD Magazine! In June, we blogged about CC’s participation in the Choose GOOD Campaign, in which you can subscribe to a year of the magazine for $20 and choose a partnering non-profit organization that you want 100% of your subscription fee to go towards helping. So…for $20, subscribers get:

  • 6 issues of GOOD
  • Entry to party & free drinks
  • And all $20 goes to Creative Commons. Subscribe here.

Also, thank you to all who have subscribed to GOOD and chosen CC as the recipient of your $20 subscription fee. You all have raised over $5000.00 for CC. THANKS COMMUNITY!

Details:

GOOD Magazine comes to NYC, Thurday, September 21; 8pm to 2am

Emergency Arts, 551 W 21st St, enter on 11th Ave between 21st and 22nd, New York City, NY

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Reminder: 9/29: NYC Creative Commons concert f/ Peeping Tom, Diplo, Girl Talk

Eric Steuer, September 19th, 2006

If you’ll be around New York City on September 29, please join us at Irving Plaza for a Creative Commons concert presented by WIRED and Flavorpill. The show will feature Mike Patton‘s experimental pop supergroup Peeping Tom, DJ/producer Diplo, and mash-up/remix artist Girl Talk. Creative Commons’ CEO Lawrence Lessig will be on hand to introduce the artists.

This concert is a great way to show your support for our work, as proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to Creative Commons (please note that ticket price is *not* tax-deductible). Tickets are $25 each (plus service charge) and are available online at Ticketmaster.

The event is a part of Next Music, which kicks off WIRED NextFest, a four-day festival featuring more than 130 interactive exhibits from scientists and researchers from around the world.

Please join us if you can. Again, 100% of the proceeds from every ticket sold go directly to Creative Commons.

Details:
WIRED + Flavorpill present:
Next Music
Featuring Peeping Tom (with Mike Patton, DJ Rob Swift, and Rahzel), Diplo, and Girl Talk
All proceeds go to support Creative Commons
Friday, September 29 | 9:00 PM, doors open 8:00 PM
Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place, NYC

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Cool CC Flickr find-Dendrology Beauty

Francesca Rodriquez, September 19th, 2006

Here is a cool Flickr find. Jordyn Meredith , an art student in Baltimore, has licensed her digital dendrology collection under a CC Attribution, Share-Alike license. These are absolutely gorgeous digital microscope shots of tree cross-sections. My favorite is Lilac Chastetree.

From her description:

“After identifying the type of tree to which the branch belongs, I use a digital camera attachment on my microscope to photograph the samples. Piecing together over fifty photographs for each sample, each final image is a 100x magnification of a glimpse of life not seen by the human eye alone. They become abstract structures reminiscent of any number of things.”

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Greg Palast’s Armed Madhouse Remix Contest

Eric Steuer, September 19th, 2006

Since last month, bestselling author Greg Palast has been offering tracks from his recent audio book Armed Madhouse online under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, so that musicians and producers can use them in remixes. If you’re into sampling and mash-ups, download the audio, create a remix, and send your finished mp3 to submitremix@gregpalast.com before October 23, 2006 to enter the Armed Madhouse Remix Contest. All eligible entries will be posted online and voted on by the public. The producers of the five winning remixes will receive a prize package courtesy of Alternative Tentacles records, Palast Productions, Evil Twin Booking, and Air America Radio. The top five winners will also be featured on the next Greg Palast spoken word CD on Alternative Tentacles records.

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