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As a photographer and web creative I want to be able to protect my creations from being used for commercial use (unless they want to pay me) 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 usePLUS) and the Creative Commons as sources of licensing and protection schemes.

Dublin Core and IPTC metadata is exposed in Adobe's Creative Suite programs (most significantly Photoshop and Bridge) as well as Photoshop Lightroom.

Starting with Creative Suite 5, PLUS metadata is also now exposed. Photoshop Lightroom support for PLUS metadata is available via a third party plugin, and until now, Creative Commons metadata was only available for Creative Suite 3 based programs.

After extensive development and testing Creative Commons metadata is now exposed in Creative Suite 4 and 5 programs via a third party custom XMP FileInfo panel available from john bishop images.

The Adobe metadata panel (aka the XMP FileInfo dialog) wiki section has more information as well as a link to download the panels for Creative Suites 3, 4 and 5.

john bishop images 20:58, 26 November 2010 (UTC)