LEGAL, BUT IMPORTANT STUFF
In this day and age, copying any material off of the internet is as easy as it should be. And I celebrate this. I've grown up with "borrowing" from the swedish library. Something that has helped me develop talents to such a level that it could be categorised as being of worth for others.
Everything new is based on elements from the old. So when it comes to my work, I feel very strongly that my pictures should be freely available for personal use. That is why I use Creative Commons. Because it's the only way to make this clear.
Just to explain creative commons a bit. It is a way to clarify how people can use other's intellectual property. Normal copyright pretty much sucks at clarify "special" cases, because international copyright just says:
- If you want to make a copy, you always have to ask the owner.
- If you want to publish a copy, you always have to ask the owner.
- oh, and btw, you always have to name the author
Creative Commons is a way to make clarifications to these rules. The (creative commons) license that I use make the following clarification:
You may copy my pictures if:
- It is for personal use (or for a non-profit).
- You mention my name, when publicly published.
- You use the same license when you remix my work.
The official license is here Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
I love remix culture, so I encourage people to use the pictures for personal projects (under the license mentioned), but I sadly also see commercial organisations assume they can just use my works for their own monetary benefit. Just like any other business. If you want to benefit from the goods I provide, you'll have to invest in it. I've teamed up with photoclaim.com who helps me solve those kind of situations. So this is a heads up. I'd love to work with you, so reach out, and lets work together.