the interwebz is pretty cool and there is so much fantastic content on it. in my day job, i am always amazed at how some people just think everything is free for their own use, even for corporate use – from YouTube videos to superstar music to fonts and images
there is a lot of free content out there but you need to be diligent about using it. Flickr has an advanced search that let’s you find Creative Commons licensed work, even work that can be adapted for commercial use!
there are also free fonts out there but be careful about their licenses. three years ago, NBC was looking at $2 million US dollars in damages for the improper use of one font!
if in doubt about an online asset, don’t use it!
yesterday i messed up with the attribution to some beautiful OARs out there, i’ll blame it on being a french canadian and that i don’t talk good – but ignorance is no excuse. i strive to be accurate and in things like that post, the images typically link back to their flickr pages where you can see who the owner of them is. that’s interesting in itself in regards to copyright – the pictures themselves are the copyright of the photographer and that photographer might need to obtain permission from the OAR creator to use them – especially if they were used in a commercial way
commercial use of OpenSim Flickr snapshots?
yes! it would be easy to create a series of beautiful e-books of fantastic OpenSim builds and sell them for like $4.99 each. you could go to Amazon’s CreateSpace and setup a self-publishing account, buy a 10 pack of ISBN numbers (about $300, maybe less from them), and then sell your books! they’d be listed on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and you’d probably break even or even make money (heck, toss in some public domain text from Shakespeare or some other greats). you could go a step farther and use your CreateSpace account to create real coffee table books and sell them for $29.95 or whatever. in both of those cases, you would need to have permission from those photographers
when we share stuff – our OpenSim stuff – take an extra moment to state how it can be used. you can do it in a blanket manner like this blog (see the footer or this post) and like Linda Kellie does OR do it on a per item basis
creating a license is very easy, just a few clicks with the Creative Commons choose a license wizard and you are official!