A photo displaying the creative Commons CC0 license

Creative Commons CC0 license

StockyPics is a blog containing copyright free photos. On this page we will explain the copyright license that is used for our photos, and how the photos can be used. First we will explain what ‘Creative Commons’ means, after which we will proceed to explain the ‘Creative Commons’-license that we use. The end also contains a section with information regarding trademarks and identifiable persons/models.

 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) – In short: Creative Commons is an organisation that provides licenses for content creators. These licenses specify how (online) content can be used by others.

In detail: Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that helps people share creativity and knowledge with others. Creative Commons wants to realise the full potential of the Internet, by making it easier to legally build upon the content of artists, researchers and other content creators. By providing various copyright-licenses, Creative Commons makes it easier for content-creators to communicate to others what rights they like to reserve on their content. These licenses clarify how (online) content can be legally used, whilst restricting the uses of which the original content creator wants to remain in control.

The licenses range from Attribution-NonCommercial to Public Domain Dedication (CC0), of which the latter completely waives any copyright claims that can be made.

 

The different licenses contain several attributes that can be interchangeably varied. These are the following:

Commercial / Non-Commercial use: This component determines whether content can be used commercially. The content-creator can determine whether he likes people to use his content for their own commercial purposes, or whether it can only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Attribution required / No attribution required: This component determines whether the user of the content has to give credits/attribution to the original creator of the (online) content. When ‘no attribution required’ is selected, the content can be used without any mention of the original creators. Six out of the eight CC licenses require attribution to the original content creator. Only two licenses (Public Domain Dedication and Public Domain Work) dismiss the requirement for the user to give credits to the original content creator. StockyPics is one of the view content creators that uses the ‘Public Domain Dedication’-license, making it nonessential to give credits to StockyPics.

NoDerivs: This component determines whether the original content may be edited or tweaked by others. When the NoDerivs component is selected, only the content in it’s original form may be used and passed on.

ShareAlike: This component determines whether the new and/or edited content has to be published under the same license. When ShareAlike is selected, any future copies or derivatives have to be published under the same license as the license that was used for the original content.

 

Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 for short)In short: CC0 is a license that waives any rights on the photo. When this license is active, the content can be used with no copyright restrictions whatsoever. StockyPics uses this license.

In detail: This is the license that StockyPics uses. The ‘Public Domain Dedication (CC0)’-license  is the least restrictive license to use, as this license waives all rights from the original content creator. This license makes it possible to use (online) content in any way you desire, with no copyright limitations. With this license, there is no attribution required to the original content creator, the content can be edited/tweaked in any way and can also be used for commercial purposes.

 

Trademarks and identifiable persons:

Some photos might contain trademarks or identifiable persons. Whilst all photos on StockyPics are copyright free, most laws have a separate restriction-policy for trademarks and models.

Trademark: A trademark is a specific sign, logo, design or other creative work that can be directly linked to a particular product or service from a distinct source. The trademark-holder can range from a private person to a large organisation. Trademarks are used to identify the brand or owner of a certain service of product.

Trademarks are a part of the Intellectual Property Law, the law has different implications, differing per country. This makes using a trademark in a situation that can be seen as brand-imitation illegal. It is only possible to use somebody else’s trademark when a legally-binding license is purchased from the original trademark-holder. When you do not own a license to reproduce the trademark, most countries prohibit the use of said trademark.

 

Identifiable persons/models: Photos that contain a subject that can be directly or indirectly identified fall under this category. Some countries require by law to own a model-release or waiver when using photos containing identifiable persons.

 

Conclusion

StockyPics uses a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0) license. Because of this license, all photos on StockyPics can be used with no copyright restrictions at all. This license is a great tool, as this license guarantees you on being able to use the content in any way you desire.

When using a photo containing a trademark or an identifiable model, make sure to check your local laws on any pending legal limitations. A license or model-release is required for (commercially) using a photo containing a trademark or identifiable model.