European Space Agency shares Mars Express images and videos under CC

Hellas Chaos on Mars / ESA/DLR/FU Berlin / CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO As of yesterday, the European Space Agency is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the IGO port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use … Read More “European Space Agency shares Mars Express images and videos under CC”

Rijksmuseum case study: Sharing free, high quality images without restrictions makes good things happen

Girl in white kimono, George Hendrik Breitner, 1894; CC0 Yesterday Europeana published a great case study documenting the experiences of the Dutch Rijksmuseum in opening up access to their collection of digital public domain images. The case study was written by Joris Pekel, community coordinator for cultural heritage at the Europeana Foundation. Over the last … Read More “Rijksmuseum case study: Sharing free, high quality images without restrictions makes good things happen”

Getty Images allows free embed of 35 million photographs

Kristina Alexanderson / CC BY-NC-SA Getty Images recently announced that it will allow free noncommercial embedding of 35 million of the images in its stock photography database. This is a good step toward better supporting a variety of users. Getty is clearly seeing its images appear across the web anyway, so it’s decided to go … Read More “Getty Images allows free embed of 35 million photographs”

Geoscience Australia to License Satellite Images Under CC BY

Landsat 5, Tiwi Islands, Darwin, AustraliaGeoscience Australia / CC BY Geoscience Australia recently announced that it will license all images from the Landsat 8 satellite under CC BY. (Geoscience Australia is a partner of the United States Geological Survey in the Landsat program.) Creative Commons Australia reports: The new Landsat 8 satellite is scheduled to … Read More “Geoscience Australia to License Satellite Images Under CC BY”

Creative Commons licenses on Flickr: many more images, slightly more freedom

Slightly less than a year ago the count of CC-licensed images at Flickr surpassed 100 million. Over 35 million have been added since then. Now is a good time to look at changes over the last four years (for which we have data), in particular changes in the distribution of licenses used. We’ve heard many … Read More “Creative Commons licenses on Flickr: many more images, slightly more freedom”

UK National Portrait Gallery threatens Wikipedia user over public domain images

Museums, archives, and cultural institutions have been forced to re-examine their relationship with the digital presentation of public domain works in their collections. This has brought the issue of “copyfraud” to the forefront. Recently, the UK’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) threatened legal action under UK law against a Wikipedia user for, among other things, copyright … Read More “UK National Portrait Gallery threatens Wikipedia user over public domain images”

HOWTO Make Your CC-licensed Images Visible to Robots

Robot by genewolf CC BY-ND 2.0 After last week’s exciting announcement that Google Image search is now capable of filtering results by usage rights, we realized there is a lot of interest in how creators can signal their work as being CC-licensed to both humans and robots. Fortunately, CC has a solution for this that … Read More “HOWTO Make Your CC-licensed Images Visible to Robots”