Sunday, January 24, 2010

An introduction to Creative Commons licensing for photographs

From, on an introduction to CC licensing for photographs:
"... But aren’t you afraid someone will steal your images?

Honestly, I don’t believe any licensing mechanism will keep people from stealing your images. If a photo is available to view on the internet, someone may use it regardless of whether you reserve all rights on the photo or not. Licensing your works under Creative Commons does not make it any easier or harder to infringe on your copyright.

What is the benefit of using Creative Commons?

As a photographer, I want my images to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. That, beyond all else, is my ultimate goal.

... When I started licensing my images with under Creative Commons, I saw a huge increase in the number of sites showing and linking back to my images. There are many tools and search engines available to find CC works and I want my photos to be available to them.

What about getting paid?

... Regardless of my licensing, I still have photos shown in galleries and still sell
prints and books containing my images. In actuality, I credit much of my success in photography to Creative Commons as it has increased my exposure and thus brought in new viewers and potential clients."


BTW, if you're located in Singapore and have adopted any one of the CC Singapore license, email me. I'll include you in the Creative Commons Singapore blog.


  1. Hi, thanks for your great posts!

    I'm a Japanese working in Singapore publisher and participating in cc-related volunteer as well. Do you know science commons?
    I haven't expected cc license available in Singapore. Thank you for your information so much.

  2. Hi Kany! If you volunteer for Creative Commons, I'd love to meet up. :)

    Yes I'm aware of Science Commons, but can't say I know it very well.


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