Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Frustrated with Flickr

Here's my beef. I LOVE FLICKR. I LOVE MANY OF THE AMAZING PHOTOS ON FLICKR. I GO TO FLICKR ALL THE TIME FOR INSPIRATION but for the life of me I can't figure out the copyright rules.

I know. The rules are listed here. But what exactly do they mean? Can I cut and paste any photo I see as long as I acknowledge the photographer or is sharing only approved for photos under Creative Commons license?

I'd appreciate any feedback. Help!

2 comments:

Bryan said...

I agree that all of the different Creative Commons copyrights can be a little confusing and overwhelming. I've had some experience with this, and I'll try to explain in plain non-legalese English...

First of all, you can't use a photo that has full copyrights to the photographer unless you've received permissions from them.

As for Creative Commons, the various licenses mean different things. Furthermore, they can be combined in different ways.

Attribution means that you must give credit to the photographer (you must attribute it to them).

Non Commercial means that you are not allowed to sell it nor use it for advertising purposes.

Share Alike means that you can change it, but you must then release it to others under this same Creative Commons license. In other words, you can't modify it and then change the copyrights once you've changed it.

No Derivatives means that you are not allowed to change it in any way when you use it.

It is also important to note that if you are going to use a photo for commercial purposes, you should have a model release if there is a person in the photo. So just because the photographer marked it as Creative Commons does not mean that you're safe to use that photo for advertising purposes if there are people in the photo.

I hope that helps.

Jocelyn said...

This is AWESOME! Thanks Bryan. Now I get it.

jocelyn