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The Ins and Outs of Using On-Line Photos

A few months ago, a friend of mine was scrolling through a photography website when he saw something that made him jump out of his chair.

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Earlier this month, I posted about Creative Commons, which is an easy-to-use schema of copyright protections which empower both content creators and content users. Here’s an article on the same topic, but with information about copyright outside of creative commons and a pretty good example of the plight of one photographer at the start.

All content creators have these same concerns, not just photographers. Doing something well means that others may well copy you; “standing on the shoulders of giants” or some other quote. It’s not a maleficent act, necessarily, it might just be misinformed or coming from a fear of rejection. We can all do better to ask permission, and/or provide pathways to use rights.

Understand Creative Commons Licensing With This Chart

Creative Commons is an ideal way to share your creations with others and find art for personal projects. Some of us, though, don’t always understand the rules. This chart helps you understand the key differences among licenses.

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I first became aware of Creative Commons five years ago when I first heard the term “pod-safe” music. As outdated as that term sounds now, it illustrates the balancing act of copyright and use. Creative Commons protects artists’ works, while keeping them very accessible to intermediate users (like podcasters and bloggers) who want media to accompany what they publish. It also takes the burden off of artists who would otherwise have to dedicate resources to addressing use requests.