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Photos: What's Right?

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January 22, 2006

Photos: What's Right?

Heather Green

While I was trolling through Flickr, looking for a photo of a trophy for the post I wrote about journalism awards, I ran into a problem. I found some really cool photos, but under Creative Commons, they often had "some rights reserved". For instance, check out this cool photo of Lego trophies.

I can copy, distribute, display, and perform the work as long as I attribute the ownership, don't use it for commercial purposes, and don't a derivative work.

I found lots of photos like that at Flickr, so I didn't use any. BusinessWeek is certainly a commercial company. We sell ads on this blog and so if I used it, I would be violating the copyright. Tha'ts fine. That's this person's choice.

But what if I'm not BusinessWeek. What if I want to use it on my personal blog, but I use AdWords on my blog? Isn't that also a commercial use? I wonder if people who choose some rights reserved like this realize that they are actually limiting it this much. Or maybe they are..

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I too had the exact same concern. What is the definition of "commercial" when so many blogs use Adsense or YPN?

In addition, to get some Flickr photos's to work right in my layout, I use a screen capture tool. I adjust the layout of the credit without changing the photo and provide a link back to the original. This allows me to position the photo & credit on my page with the proper spacing.

They gonna bust me over that?

Posted by: Scott at January 22, 2006 11:51 AM

I'm not sure what percentage of people using the CC license understand it's limitations, but I discovered them when a very large and very well-known charity organization wanted me to do some composite work for them and pointed me to Flickr for some photos to use. At first my contact assured me that, as a non-profit, they were exempt from restriction. After consulting their lawyers, however, that assurance became less... sure.

And btw, you'll note in one of my own blog entries that this issue hasn't escaped everyone (ref: ).

Posted by: csven at January 22, 2006 01:06 PM

Can't answer for the copyright holders mentioned but I know that the CMS/Blogging software I use (ExpressionEngine) has both personal and commercial licenses and having AdWords does not throw a personal blog/site into the commercial world. They look at it as AdWords just helping defray the cost of hosting/bandwidth rather than a commercialism.

Posted by: PXLated at January 22, 2006 02:01 PM


take a look:

It says:

Find me works I can use even for commercial purposes.

Find me works I can modify, adapt, or build upon.

But it doesn't mean anything easier with copyrights... :)

Posted by: rimantux at January 22, 2006 04:42 PM

Stephen/Heather --

I don't see a way to contact you, so I'm posting a comment thinking you have comment moderation turned on -- so you'll see this before it goes live. Anyway, I wanted to alert you to the following:



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