embedding Creative Commons licences to electronic file formats other than HTML
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This section refers to the process of embedding files other than HTML with Creative Commons metadata. There are many file types that creators who use images would want to use other than HTML.

Many Adobe applications support embedding XMP metadata in files. The Creative Commons licensing process offers an XMP template which may be used to mark documents with Creative Commons license information.

 

choose a licence step 2: choose a licence
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Before you can add the source code to your website you first need to choose a licence. The licence chooser provides an easy to use interface for choosing a licence. Fill in the questions and the appropriate licence is automatically generated.

launch launch licence chooser

 

step 3: save the XMP template
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In the second step of the licensing process, see “To mark a PDF or other XMP-supported file, save this template following these instructions.” Click on “save this template”. You will be prompted to
save a file.

 

Under Windows save it to:

 
 

C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\XMP\Metadata Templates

note: where {user} is replaced with your Windows username.

 
 
 

Under OS X save the file to:

 
 

/Users/{user}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/XMP/Metadata Templates
note: where {user} is replaced with your OS X short username. You will likely have to manually create the “Metadata Templates” directory before saving.

 

step 4: mark the document
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Within your Adobe application (for example Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) open the metadata panel while editing a file you want to mark (File> File Info in Photoshop). Using the fly-out menu in the upper right corner of the panel, choose the template you saved.

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In Acrobat 6, go to Advanced> Document Metadata, select the Advanced panel on the left, then click on replace and select the XMP text file that you downloaded.

Creative Commons license information will appear in the Description panel.

 

 

In the second step of the licensing process, see “To mark a PDF or other XMP-supported file, save this template following these instructions.” Click on “save this template”. You will be prompted to
save a file. Under Windows save it to

 
 

note: a licensed image file should include a written copyright notice as well as embedded metadata.

 
 

step 5: save and publish
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Save your file. If publishing on the web the page that links to your XMP-marked document should contain a license notice and metadata, which can be copied from the same licensing process.

 

step 6: thinking of hosting your files on a website?
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If you going to host your newly licenced electronic files on your own website, you should think about embedding your website with licence information too.

If you don’t have your own site, don’t panic! Other organisations have free hosting that already integrate Creative Commons licences.

You can get specific information on publishing to Flickr or to Buzznet

 

step 7: add your content to the search engine
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Now your electronic files are licenced, you should add them to the international Creative Commons search engine.

 

more infoStill unsure how to embed licence information into an electronic file format? The Creative Commons site has information on using metadata

Still unsure how to embed metadata into a PDF? The Creative Commons site has information on using metadata in PDFs

 

 

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