Crash Course in Creative Commons Licenses for Bloggers

Crash Course in Creative Commons Licenses for Bloggers
Picture by kalexanderson, used under CC BY SA license.

Someone reminded me that Creative Commons can have a NC (Non-Commercial) clause, which means, among other things, that you can't use their material if it's used on a site that has ads. Such as my ChicagoNow (They gotta pay the bills) or my website (I'm hoping to use ad income to pay student loans).

So, when I looked for Creative Commons pictures for my blog, I forgot to check to see if any of them had a NC clause. (That said, if I used any of your pictures, please just comment and let me know, and I'll take it down promptly.)

To atone for my sins, I decided to research the different types of Creative Commons licenses and share it with you guys.

The good news is that I found even MORE ways to find Creative Commons pictures! I'll share the instructions later on, when I get more time. But if you're eager to get started now, there is a box on the Flickr's advanced search page that will let you search through all commercial use pictures. Yes, I know it limits the pictures a fair bit more. But on the plus side, you won't ever get sued. (Actually, you probably won't be sued so long as you promptly remove the accidentally infringing images.)

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