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