This is a superbly-written, empathetic, nuanced look at the issues around Creative Commons licensing, particularly the danger of inferring a “spirit” in a legal agreement.
“Spirit” as it’s being used in this conversation is a relative term. You have the spirit of the user, the spirit of the license, the spirit of the community, the spirit of the service, and the spirit of the law. All these can align and all these can diverge and that’s OK. It is also the reason we have a legal system that sets clear parameters for how things can be interpreted: Spirit is relative, legal decisions and documents are not (at least in theory). The whole idea of a legal contract (under which we can find CC licenses) is that there is no room for interpretation. The meaning of the document is singular, unambiguous, and not up for debate. Of course this is purely theoretical, but that’s the idea anyway.
The problem arises when the spirit – or intent – of the user when applying a license differs from the actual legal interpretation of that same license.
The title is harsh, but this is a good summation of the issues involved in choosing a Creative Commons licence.
Open licensing is about giving up control so that other people can benefit. That’s all it will cost you: control. Having control feels nice. But you should ask yourself what it really gets you. And you should think about what others might gain if you were able to let go.
Think carefully and decide what you need. No one is going to make you tick that Creative Commons box. But when you do, it’s a promise.
We can expect even more stunning images like these from Rosetta soon.
Rhea and Titan, as seen by Cassini.
A fascinating tale of mistaken identity with one of Lyza’s photos.
What a fantastic collection of creators!
Tom’s photos from dConstruct.
Over 700 screenshots of ZX Spectrum games, captured by Jason Scott. Some of these bring back memories.
Photos from the first Science Hack Day in China which just wrapped up.
Photos from the rather wonderful second edition of the Responsive Day Out in Brighton.
Here’s a nice little UI addition to Chrome. When you focus on the URL bar, if the current site has site-specific search discoverable via rel=”search”, then you get a greyed-out hint to press tab so you can start searching the site.
Design fiction from a NASA scientist.
This is a wonderful addition to the already-wonderful Flickr Commons: over one million pictures from the British Library, available with liberal licensing.
Y’know, I’m worried about what will happen to my own photos when Flickr inevitably goes down the tubes (there are still some good people there fighting the good fight, but they’re in the minority and they’re battling against the douchiest of Silicon Valley managerial types who have been brought in to increase “engagement” by stripping away everything that makes Flickr special) …but what really worries me is what’s going to happen to Flickr Commons. It’s an unbelievably important and valuable resource.
Wonderful photos from Science Hack Day San Francisco, courtesy of Matt B.
Some lovely pictures from the Clearleft office-warming party last weekend.
Caterina Fake takes a heartfelt look at the history of online communities:
The internet is full of strangers, generous strangers who want to help you for no reason at all. Strangers post poetry and discographies and advice and essays and photos and art and diatribes. None of them are known to you, in the old-fashioned sense. But they give the internet its life and meaning.
Dan’s blog is rapidly turning into one of my favourite destinations on the web.
I hope he comes to an Indie Web Camp.
Colossus …in Lego.
Another nice set of photos from the Responsive Day Out.
Marc’s pictures from the Responsive Day Out.
Local music shop Resident Records ran a competition to win 20 pairs of tickets to an exclusive warm-up gig by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. To be in with a chance, you had to recreate an album cover. These are the winning entries.
You’ll spot Jessica’s creation in amongst them. We’re off to see Nick Cave tonight!
Gorgeous colour-processed images from NASA probes. I could stare at the fountains of Enceladus all day.
I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.
A beautiful timelapse visualisation of code commits to Flickr from 2004 to 2011.
Gorgeous pictures from the Suomi satellite, just released by NASA
Oh My Science! It looks like the most recent Science Hack Day in San Francisco was great.
A really great set of photos from this year’s dConstruct by Geri. Just look at the smile on my face!
Eva-Lotta’s sketchnotes from this year’s dConstruct.
A nice set of photos from this year’s dConstruct.
A beautiful sight: the digital and the physical interacting through glowsticks.
Beautiful time-lapse photography from Don “we’ve got a Dragon by the tail” Pettit, taken from the International Space Station.
History with a sprinkling of Photoshopped fiction.
Magazine covers created by Tom Southwell for background scenes in Blade Runner.
A heartbreaking article about just how badly Yahoo fucked up with Flickr. It’s particularly sad coming out right as the Flickr devs roll out an improved uploader and a more liquid photo page …but it seems like band-aid development at this point.
I love these sketchnotes from my presentation at Webstock.
I can’t fave this picture enough. One moment of Webstock captured by Michael B. Johnson.
I had exactly the same resistance to Instagram as Dan and I had exactly the same Yuletide conversion.
Photographs showing the “before” and “after” of São Paulo’s astonishing Clean City act banning all outdoor advertising.
James Bridle in untrue art exposé: read all about it!
The comments are simply epic.
The Flickr stream for this Niagara Falls haunted house attraction is like some kind of user-generated art piece on the universality of human nature. It’s also very funny in its aggregate view.
Take all the fonts on your operating system, superimpose them, and whaddya get? This.
We are preparing to launch.
So long, Juno. Call me when you get to Jupiter.
These lovely visualisations of geotagged photos and tweets are almost indistinguishable from aerial views of cities at night.
Here’s one to add to Instapaper or Readability to savour at your leisure: Aaron Straup Cope’s talk at Museums and the Web 2010:
This paper examines the act of association, the art of framing and the participatory nature of robots in creating artifacts and story-telling in projects like Flickr Galleries, the API-based Suggestify project (which provides the ability to suggest locations for other people’s photos) and the increasing number of bespoke (and often paper-based) curatorial productions.
A voyeuristically fascinating photoset that puts faces to the “here’s whats in my bag” meme.
A peek behind the scenes of the printing of the Korean version of HTML5 For Web Designers.
Eric is making some genuinely beautiful art by applying CSS transforms to some well-known sites.
It’s funny, I’ve just recently become acutely aware of exactly the problem that Timoni describes here: the inability to filter new uploads by a particular user.
It makes stalking someone that much harder.
It’s like, how much darker could the pattern be? None. None more dark.
I really like this idea: one street in Brighton is openly displaying its electricity usage over time.
There’s a Kubrickian quality to this picture Tantek snapped of me asking a question during his microformats panel.
For once, I’m happy to see data being destroyed.
This URL displays a picture of a sunset (from Flickr) taken wherever the sun is setting right now.
A production of the Brighton Speculative Fiction group. It was simply wonderful.
Some beautiful pieces of data visualisation.
The new HTML5 logo is quite versatile.
Starring Rob Weychert as Mr. Maplegate.
This is a lovely little piece of work from Mike: see a Flickr picture of yours from a year ago.
This looks like it could be a handy tool for backing up Flickr photos.
A viciously accurate assessment of Yahoo’s scorched earth policy towards our online collective culture:
All I can say, looking back, is that when history takes a look at the lives of Jerry Yang and David Filo, this is what it will probably say: Two graduate students, intrigued by a growing wealth of material on the Internet, built a huge fucking lobster trap, absorbed as much of human history and creativity as they could, and destroyed all of it.
My last 2,000 pictures on Flickr, assembled courtesy of pummelvision.com
A photograph so beautiful, it doesn’t look real.
Matt Webb on photography.
You don’t see comments on like this on Facebook.
NASA is now part of Flickr Commons: loads of wonderful science-related pictures with no known copyright restrictions.
Aaron's lovely visualisation of Flickr's shapetiles.
A lovely bit of unboxing porn.
Kellan outlines the bare minimum you should expect from any service that you are putting data into.
Great stories of the Flickr Commons as people identify their relatives in photographs.
This. This right here is how you manage sites in multiple languages. Are you listening, Google?
There's some lovely Buran porn here.
The iPhone App of Magnetic North's wonderful serendipitous Flickr photo viewer is now available for free. It's lovely.
Unbelievable 3D visualisation created by extracting common points from millions of pictures on Flickr of Rome, Venice and Dubrovnik. As Matt Haughey would say, "Holy shitballs!"
A very handy tool for extracting colour schemes from photographs.
Cute aliens invading vintage postcards of Switzerland.
A python script from Dan Benjamin to help you do your bit in battling the datapocalypse.
"Nikon, the racist camera" (sing it to the tune of Flight of the Concords' "Albi, the racist dragon").
Vintage advertising of science and technology.
A lovely set of letterpress printing
A beautiful use of the Flickr API that allows you to browse photos with a colour picker.
The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within.
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Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.
A great little Flickr slideshow from Phil Hawksworth.
Background material for Watchmen.
Dunstan put a Flip video on the end of a four foot long bamboo pole and attached it to himself to film his morning commute.
A super-simple lightweight PHP class by Kellan for calling the Flickr API and receiving back an array of results.
This photograph is the 3,000,000,000th to be uploaded to Flickr.
Make your own lampshade. Out of bacon.
Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.
A comprehensive set of sketches, diagrams and screenshots from Soxiam showing the evolution and iteration of interfaces on Vimeo and other sites.
This makes me literally LOL.
A nice little report on community management at Flickr.
I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.
Flickr Commons just keeps growing and growing. Now there are wonderful collections of pictures from Greenwich available for us all to peruse and tag.
A collection of network diagrams and visualisations from the simple to the sublime.
This new Flickr API method makes it really easy to get a list of visited places for a Flickr user.
Brighton's own Lomokev gets interviewed by Flickr.