As a photographer and web creative I want to be able to protect my creations from being ripped off for commercial use yet allow other peer creatives the ability to use my images in their own creations - as long as I got credit for them. Creative Commons to the rescue.
I joined the Creative Commons in 2008 and have written extensively about both the Creative Commons, Open Source and Open Directory as well as the GNU/GPL. Much of the functionality of my web site comes from Open Source or GNU/GPL licensed materials.
Along this creative journey my interest in licensing, copyright, copyleft, and other licensing and protection schemes has grown. As a photographer (my web site is just a vehicle for that expression) I have an interested in understanding how embedded meta-data is used to protect creatives and their creations.
This has lead me to examine standards like the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, the International Press Telecommunications Council, the Picture Licensing Usage System (aka PLUS) and the Creative Commons as sources of licensing and protection schemes.
Dublin Core and IPTC meta-data is exposed in Adobe's Creative Suite programs (most significantly Photoshop and Bridge) as well as Photoshop Lightroom.
Currently PLUS is only available in Photoshop Lightroom and CC is only available for CS3 based programs.
I have started development of XMP FileInfo dialog Creative Commons panel for CS4 and CS5.
The Adobe meta-data panel (aka the XMP FileInfo dialog) wiki section has more information as well as a link to download the CS3 panel. For further details on the CS4/CS5 panels please drop me a note at john_bishop [at] johnbishopimages.com.
John Bishop 20:58, 10 July 2010 (UTC)