I’m releasing my photos under a CC license

I'd been planning to do this for some time now but never got around to it.

Everyone assumes that bloggers will use any image they find, be it through Google or from the story's original source or whatever. I know I do. I also know that when other blogs repost myoriginal stories they use my photos, and I'm quite happy to have them do it.

But I also want to be proactive in this so I'm going to release all the photos under a CC-BY-NC license. Basically anyone can use the photos for any non commercial purpose so long as they give me attribution. And in case you were wondering a blog post with adverts on the same page is _not_ a commercial purpose, so bloggers can indeed use the images.

P.S. If anyone thinks this is a bad idea, please let me know.

About Nate Hoffelder (9909 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on I’m releasing my photos under a CC license

  1. I’m not a fan of Creative Commons. Yeah, it gives you the “I’m doing a good thing” aura, but from a practical point of view it’s somewhere between useless and harmful.

    It’s useless because the user still needs to contact the supplier before using the material. There are at least two reasons for this.

    First, the CC licenses explicitly deny that the supplier warranties that they have any right to the material in the first place, nor that they have obtained the necessary clearance rights for the content (such as model releases).

    Second, there is no way for the user to show, much less prove, what license was available and used. Let’s say you put up a photo with a CC license, and I grab it to use on my weblog within the terms of the CC-BY-NC license. A year from now, you change the licensing terms to one requiring royalties. My weblog continues to display your photo. Q1: am I automatically in violation, since the CC licenses don’t license in perpetuity? Q2: how can I show that when I grabbed the photo, it was under a CC-BY-NC license?

    As a user, I need something from the creator that affirms that they have the right to supply the content, that all subsidiary clearances have been obtained, and that specifies which license is being used and how long that license applies for my usage.

    A CC license can be harmful from the viewpoint of the creator because you lose control over your work. There are a number of non-commercial organizations that *I* wouldn’t want my work associated with.

  2. Frankly, the permutations of CC give me a freakin headache. I have a bunch of photos of writers taken from various venues I was thinking of contributing in similar fashion, but the hassle is too much for me to deal with and since I made the effort to get the photos, no one else should run them before I do.

  3. I think it’s a great idea. There are always people who are going to use your ideas in unintended ways, but more often then not it’s good, or at least funny. I’ve got the same license on my crappy comic blog. It’s the internet! You’re creating something to contribute to the noise, not to horde and protect. Why not make it as easy as possible to spread around?

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