Dave Kim and James Grimmelmann

Mike Linksvayer, June 30th, 2004

Dave Kim and
James Grimmelmann, hailing from Georgetown and Yale law schools respectively, are Creative Commons’ summer interns this year. They’re both doing great work. So great that we forgot to blog their presence until now.

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Wikipedia Publishing CC Metadata

Mike Linksvayer, June 30th, 2004

Wikipedia now publishes license metadata, using the Creative Commons license metadata vocabulary to describe the GNU FDL license.

Browsing Wikipedia with mozCC installed.

MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikipedia, now has support for CC metadata built in. WikiTravel, a CC-licensed world travel guide also already uses this capability.

Many thanks to Brion Vibber and
Evan Prodromou for adding CC metadata support to this important software.

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mozCC 0.8.0: Faster & More Fetching

Mike Linksvayer, June 30th, 2004

A major upgrade to mozCC, the Creative Commons metadata companion for Mozilla-based browers, is now available. This version looks better, fixes a performance problem with some pages, and sets the stage for version 1.0. See Nathan Yergler’s blog post for details.

Mozilla status bar: browsing a CC-licensed page.

Click on status bar icons, see metadata details.

Also see additional CC browser accessories.

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Flickr adds Creative Commons support

Matt Haughey, June 30th, 2004

Over at the new Flickr blog, they’ve announced support for Creative Commons in Flickr. Flickr’s a site to share photos like no other: it’s a social software application that lets you define friends and family, you can annotate photos, share photos in a live chat using an innovative interface, form groups around topics, and now you can license your photos.

If you’ve got a digital camera or camera phone, and don’t have any place to post your photos, consider signing up for Flickr and applying a CC license to all your shots.

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In Sacramento tomorrow

Glenn Otis Brown, June 30th, 2004

I’ll be at the California state capitol tomorrow morning to talk to the state senate’s education committee about the public domain and Creative Commons. I’ll be there in a purely informational capacity to provide some context for a broader discussion about community colleges, higher ed, and royalty-free educational materials. More soon.

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Gnome, Longhorn, Tiger, …, and CC metadata

Mike Linksvayer, June 28th, 2004

We are happy to hear that current and upcoming operating systems will have built-in support for application-level metadata. Gnome (Linux), Longhorn (next version of Windows) , and Tiger (next release of OS X) all will be offering some way to store and search metadata for files and applications. Google is also expected to get into search applications on the desktop.

How can Creative Commons take advantage of these technologies to enable CC-aware search and applications on the next generation desktop? Challenge: write a research brief on how to expose CC license info for objects in each major OS or framework.

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Why free for commercial use?

Mike Linksvayer, June 28th, 2004

A-list blogger and CC board member Joi Ito has posted a thoughtful mini essay on why he uses a license that allows commercial use for his blog. He also writes about the decision of whether or not to use a license with the ShareAlike provision.

Of course you can always make your own choice via the Creative Commons website.

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Wicket Cool

Glenn Otis Brown, June 26th, 2004

Cricket fans, take note: CaribbeanCricket.com‘s photo journals feature user-submitted pics of cricket matches from the West Indies, all licensed under a Creative Commons license. Here’s a nice mid-bowl action shot.

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CC Search Plugins

Mike Linksvayer, June 25th, 2004

Earlier today Steve Griffin announced a CC Search Sidebar for Mozilla-Based Browsers. Previously Steve has worked on a C# API for CC metadata.

A mycroft search plugin for the CC search engine is also available.

The mycroft plugin adds a new search engine to those available from the Mozilla Firefox toolbar.

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CC MP3 GUI Tagger

Mike Linksvayer, June 24th, 2004

Creative Commons has a simple strategy for linking licensing information in mp3s and other media files often found on P2P networks back to the web. Until now implementing that strategy was rather a pain for publishers. The only tools were command line, and those depended upon a gaggle of libraries not already installed on a typical machine.

Thanks to work by Nathan Yergler, we have a new application that attacks both problems. ccTag 0.5.2 offers a cross plaform GUI that works on Linux, OS X, and Windows. The command line version has no dependencies apart from Python 2.x.

ccTag screenshot
Ye obligatory screenshot.

Long term one vision is to have a desktop tool that one could drag any media one wanted to license over. The tool would ask the user about licensing, embed any metadata appropriate, and have the ability to publish metadata and the licensed media to the web. ccTag is one small step along that road.

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