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Rights on the Desktop with liblicense

Nathan Yergler (Creative Commons), Asheesh Laroia (Creative Commons)
Emerging Topics
Location: F150
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liblicense is a small, lightweight library that allows application developers to easily integrate support for the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (ccREL) into their applications. liblicense can be used to read licensing metadata from files, as well as embed it in supported file types. File-type support can be added using small plugin modules. liblicense is C-based, with bindings available for Ruby and Python.

This talk will provide a brief overview of ccREL and focus on liblicense and how it can be used to “license-enable” desktop applications. We’ll show demos (with code) of how we’re developing plugins for Rhythmbox and Eye of Gnome to support embedded license metadata. We’ll also show a demonstration of how liblicense can easily be integrated into a Python-based web application.

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Nathan Yergler

Creative Commons

Nathan Yergler joined Creative Commons as a software engineer in July 2004. Yergler joined Creative Commons after pioneering the use of Python in the high school programming curriculum at Canterbury School, Fort Wayne, IN. Yergler resides in San Francisco and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University (Fort Wayne).

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Asheesh Laroia

Creative Commons

Asheesh joined Creative Commons as a software engineer in July, 2007.

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