Crediting Creative Commons photos made easy

Presenting our new WordPress plugin for Creative Commons images.

Crea­ti­ve Com­mons is by any account a tremen­dous success. Sin­ce its launch in 2002, hund­reds of mil­lions of works have been licensed for re-use with one of the Crea­ti­ve Com­mons licen­ses. The licen­ses are avai­lab­le in a growing num­ber of countries.

Illust­ra­ting web artic­les with Crea­ti­ve Com­mons-licensed pho­tos is a wide­ly used way of impro­ving qua­li­ty in small pub­li­ca­tions like ours. As so many others, we use Word­Press as pub­lish­ing sys­tem, and we have pos­ted CC-licensed pho­tos sin­ce our launch in 2006.

But one aspect of using CC pho­tos in Word­Press has not been as easy as it should: Giving the pho­to­gra­pher the credit he or she deser­ves. Or, more to the point — the attri­bu­tion that is a precon­dition for repub­lish­ing the pho­to­graph in the first place (see «Best prac­tices for attri­bu­tion»).

Now we have done somet­hing about that ours­el­ves. The Word­Press plu­gin Crea­ti­ve Com­mons tag­ger, created by Håvar Skau­gen, adds new fields to the media upload tool. When you upload a photo to Word­Press, you are asked to add the rele­vant meta­data — ima­ge tit­le, source URL, Aut­hor, Aut­hor URL and cru­cial­ly, the right Crea­ti­ve Com­mons licen­se.

The custom fields on the media page where you can fill in the licensing information.

The custom fields on the media page whe­re you can fill in the licen­sing infor­ma­tion.

When you add the photo to an article, the cap­tion is now enriched with the meta­data and the cor­re­spon­ding CC licen­se icons.

Åpen mikrofon på biblioteket?

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At this point, the plu­gin only sup­ports the Nor­we­gi­an, US and inter­na­tio­nal ver­sions of CC licen­ses, but more loca­lized licen­ses will be added in the futu­re. The plu­gin also sup­ports loca­liza­tion via the pro­vi­ded .mo-files.

If you have read this, you are pro­bab­ly inte­re­sted in the dis­tri­bu­tion of con­tent on the web. In that case, you would per­haps want to check out our other Word­Press plu­gin: Wiki­pe­dia for tag pages auto­ma­ti­cal­ly con­nects your tag page/topic page to the rele­vant Wiki­pe­dia entry.

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