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12.12.14 Rhett Jones

After announcing back in November that it would begin allowing users to generate animated GIFs from YouTube video, the mammoth internet video company has reportedly begun rolling the feature out. ARS Technica points out that “intrepid YouTube user Andy Baio found the GIF menu hidden in the “share” portion of a PBS Idea Channel video.” A quick […]

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05.20.14 Andy Cush

Thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 394,000 art images are now publicly available for high-resolution download and non-commercial reuse. The initiative, dubbed Open Access for Scholarly Content, launched last week. “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain,” Met […]

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04.02.14 Andy Cush

The New York Public Library just released an embarrassment of riches for cartography nerds everywhere: the institution’s collection of 20,000 vintage maps are now free to download and use in ridiculously high resolution. There’s plenty of vintage NYC goodness to peruse, and maps from other cities as well. The full-res section of this circa-1855 map […]

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01.23.14 Andy Cush

Creative Commons images are indispensable for new media types. Much of the visual content for blogs like ANIMAL and many others come from Creative Commons, for instance, and the license allows designers and artists to use preexisting visuals in their work without worrying about copyright. So it’s exciting that the Wellcome Library, a collection of […]

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09.20.13 Andy Cush

It’s impossible to overstate the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier on the nearly three centuries of western music that have followed it. It’s the kind of cultural landmark that should be freely available to anyone who’d like to listen, play, and marvel at its beauty, and now, thanks to this Kickstarter campaign, it may […]

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01.02.13 Irina Dvalidze

Did you know that the most popular song in the English language costs lots of dough? That’s right, every time your big aunt Stella tries to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe and sing “Happy Birthday to You” while sitting in your creepy uncle’s lap, she should technically pay Warner Chappel Music royalties for performing it, […]

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08.13.10 Marina Galperina

Got some cash to liberate? Artist Seiji Ueoka of F.A.T. Tokyo created a Creative Commons license stamp and copy-lefted fifteen 1000 Yen bills for the Free Art Exhibition. They’re signed, pasted onto a canvas and ready to give away. He now owns their copyright, but the bills are free! […]

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