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A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Creative Commons Licenses on Flickr

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The Creative Commons licenses were added to Flickr in 2004, two years after the nonprofit Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses. As of September 2021, nearly two decades after their introduction, Flickr has the honor of being home to more than 500 million Creative Commons licensed works, making Flickr one of the largest repositories of openly licensed works online. Today, as part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Creative Commons, we’ve compiled some data related to how Flickr members use Creative Commons licenses.

What’s the most commonly used CC license on Flickr?

The most frequently used type of Creative Commons license on Flickr (by number of photos) is the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license (CC BY-NC-SA). This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

What are some of the most popular accounts sharing Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr?
Hint: If you like space exploration, you’re going to love this list. These Flickr members have grown their following through the photos that they share.

NASA Goddard: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to some of the most amazing images, visualizations and videos NASA has to offer.

Iceberg in North Star Bay, Greenland

Project Apollo Archive: A collection of more than 15,000 un-processed, high-resolution images from the Apollo Missions.

Official SpaceX Photos: The pioneering company founded by Elon Musk has a Flickr account where they share some amazing CC-licensed photos of their launches, as well as product views and behind the scenes images.

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NASA HQ Photo: Official NASA photographs covering NASA Headquarters, launches, expeditions, activities and events.

Biodiversity Heritage Library: Currently on hiatus due to staffing changes, the Biodiversity Heritage Library continues to inspire discovery offering free access to a huge collection of biodiversity knowledge.

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NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: Another collection of CC-licensed NASA photos, taken by photographers around NASA!

European Space Agency: The Flickr channel where the European Space Agency (ESA) shares images of the Earth, the Solar System, the Universe, their spacecraft, astronauts and other space events!

Looking for some members of the Flickr community who regularly share their work under CC?
Take a look at the accounts of Koen Jacobs, Trey Ratcliff, Wayne S. Grazio, Christian Kortum, norsez Oh, Christopher Michel, or Anja Pietsch. If you’re a member of the Second Life community, visit Strawberry Singh’s profile.

What about the most popular Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr?
Here’s the top 5! by number of faves:

A Boat at Poda by norsez Oh

A Boat at Poda

Sand & Wind by Jonathan Kos-Read

Sand & Wind

Never Give Up by Wilson Lam

Never Give Up

Hello humans! by Christopher Michel

Hello humans!  From photographer Christopher Michel.

Where the Sky is Torn Asunder by Trey Ratcliff

Where the Sky is Torn Asunder

And the most popular by category?
Browse through the galleries below to find some popular CC-licensed content by topic.

Popular landscapes

Where the Sky is Torn Asunder

Popular animal portraits

Blue eyes

Popular portraits

Eyes of India

Popular architectural shots

In the air

Celebrating 20 Years of Creative Commons

How would you like to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Creative Commons? Here’s how you can support and be part of this community:

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lasombra
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Germany wants smartphone makers to offer 7 years of software updates

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Apple is gearing up to roll out iOS 15 later this year. The company plans to roll it out to several of its devices, going all the way back to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This will make Apple the only smartphone OEM to offer seven years of software updates to its devices. That’s a remarkable feat, considering that only a couple of OEMs on the Android side promise three years of OS upgrades and four years of security updates. To bridge this gap, the EU proposed a new law earlier this year that would force all smartphone OEMs to offer up to five years of security updates for their devices and deliver reasonably priced spare parts for the same duration.

Although the EU’s new right to repair laws are yet to go into effect, the German Federal Government has now announced plans to extend the support timeline by two years. A spokesperson for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics recently said (via Heise Online) that the government body plans to enforce stricter rules that would require OEMs to deliver spare parts and software updates for seven years. In addition, the Federal Government wants OEMs to publish the spare part prices and not increase them over time.

That’s excellent news. With Germany being such an important part of the EU, I can only hope they will set the tone for the rest of the countries to follow. Do note, however, that it’s election season in Germany, so be on the lookout for political trial balloons.

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lasombra
10 days ago
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I would be happy with 5 years already
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Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained (2020)

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lasombra
38 days ago
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The moment there's money involved, a person/consumer/customer is just a number, a means to an end. No company, if it can, will respect you as long as they have a board of directors and stakeholders wanting, always, more money. Your complaints are collateral effects.
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cbdelgesso
38 days ago
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Apple values your privacy. Sort of. Ok, not really. Screw your privacy. You're not trying to hide anything, right?
lasombra
38 days ago
I will only trust Apple the day they stand up to the Chinese government
cbdelgesso
38 days ago
I don't think any of the big data companies value your privacy, but its interesting the lengths they go to to appear to be doing good. Too many people are focusing on the immediate impact of what they are doing (which is, I think, a very good thing), but not enough on the secondary and tertiary impacts, or potential for them. There's better ways to do this.

Why the Epiphone Explorer is better than the Gibson (for now)

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It basically all comes down to one reason. Right now, if you want to buy a brand new Gibson Explorer guitar, there are only two colors. Antique Natural and the "70s Explorer" version in Classic White. Both these color options miss the mark. The Epiphone version comes in one of the two best colors ever […]
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lasombra
64 days ago
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Totally agree!
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One month of Libera Chat

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Whew - what a month (and a couple of days). Few of us expected earlier in the year to have to create a new IRC network, from scratch, in a few days!

And yet, that’s what we did. On May 19th, Libera Chat, formed by the ex freenode staff team, opened its doors. We’re incredibly grateful for the many thousands of you who followed us. With your help, we have a thriving network of over 15 000 channels and 40 000 registered users across more than 700 projects, communities and informal spaces, and we did that in the space of a month.

Building up an IRC network to this scale in this short a time period has been a tough challenge, but also incredibly rewarding. It would not have been possible without the kind sponsorship of various organisations with an interest in the FOSS community - an acknowledgements page will be on the website shortly to list them all.

When we launched, we had a small handful of EU-based servers, mostly sponsored by the Libera volunteer staff team themselves out of their own pockets. Now, we have 20+ boxes across the world, and new regional rotations (irc.eu.libera.chat, irc.us.libera.chat and others) allowing users to connect to a server closer to them.

Web chat and Tor

At launch, we did not have web chat or Tor available, having had to focus on the buildout of the core network. Several of our projects made it clear that these were important features for them, so we cracked on, and now have webchat or a more lightweight gamja and connections via Tor available for use.

Registering projects

We’re incredibly humbled that over 570 projects and communities have chosen to call Libera their home; we’ve had all hands dealing with project registrations, with a huge backlog of tickets to work through. Relying solely on volunteers, we haven’t been able to handle all of them as quickly as we would like to. We really appreciate the patience we’ve been shown, and are doing our very best to fully catch up! With over 750 tickets resolved, there are still roughly 150 open ones remaining, and new ones come in daily.

This does not mean you shouldn’t register your project today. If you have a project or community you’d like to register, view our channel registration guide for information.

Culture and Organisation

But the challenge isn’t just technical. We know that what is most important about IRC is community - tech is an enabler, but ultimately it’s a bridge for people.

We wanted to get the community structure, the governance, and the people bit right too - in how we act, how we are organised, and how we plan to continue providing a relevant and positive fabric for collaboration and community!

We’ve posted and talked already about our structure - a Swedish non-profit organisation which holds the domains and assets. All important decisions must be voted on by the members of the organisation in structured meetings - steps taken to ensure that actions of one person cannot seriously harm the network. You could call it a lesson learned the hard way.

The non-profit organisation has now had its organisation number assigned by the Swedish authorities - 802535-6448. We’ve already made tweaks to our bylaws to optimise the organisation based on our early experience. We are continuing to explore how to optimise and grow, to ensure we continue to be safe, inclusive, stable, and relevant.

In summary

In closing, it’s been an amazing month, and we are all truly humbled by the support we’ve seen from the FOSS community. It was an honour for each and every one of the ex-freenode volunteers to serve the FOSS community for so many years, and we’re truly grateful that we’ve been able to continue to do so here on Libera, after the unfortunate events which made our tenure at freenode no longer viable. We thank all our projects and users for their support, patience and goodwill, and look forward to working with you all in the future.

Keep your eyes on this space, our mastodon, twitter and GitHub presences for future updates, including future plans and in-depth information on selected areas of work and subjects.

Stay healthy and keep rocking.

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lasombra
78 days ago
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Bloody awesome!
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Amazon doesn’t like FTC chair Lina Khan’s views, wants her off investigations

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Lina M. Khan testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill on April 21, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / Lina M. Khan testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill on April 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. (credit: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Amazon filed a 25-page petition today with the Federal Trade Commission asking that Chairwoman Lina Khan recuse herself from antitrust investigations into the company.

Khan, a frequent critic of Amazon and other Big Tech firms, was appointed FTC chair less than two weeks ago. Though there has been plenty of speculation about her first moves, her short tenure to date means she hasn’t had much opportunity to file lawsuits or announce investigations. Amazon’s petition shows that its legal team hasn’t sat idle since her nomination as commissioner and subsequent appointment as chair.

“Although Amazon profoundly disagrees with Chair Khan’s conclusions about the company,” Amazon wrote in the petition, “it does not dispute her right to have spoken provocatively and at great length about it in her prior roles. But given her long track record of detailed pronouncements about Amazon and her repeated proclamations that Amazon has violated the antitrust laws, a reasonable observer would conclude that she no longer can consider the company’s antitrust defenses with an open mind.”

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lasombra
78 days ago
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Well, that can only mean Biden put the right person on the job
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