Updated on July 20, 2016
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Digital drawing, created using Photoshop CS4. Photo referance: Pyrrhuloxia
My Dad lives in Payson AZ, and cardinals are one of my favorite birds.
I’ve added a Creative Commons license to this picture. I chose to use a CC-BY-NC-SA.
That is, Attribution, Non-Commercial, and Share-Alike. Meaning that as long as I’m credited, the work is not being sold, and any derivatives are under the same license people can use it in presentations, as personal blog headers, etc.
I think derivative works are awesome–as you might have guessed. So I chose to allow derivatives (meaning I didn’t add ND); but I also wanted to have some control over where the image is used to make money. Hence, the NC portion. I chose to add Share-Alike, because that will allow others the same opportunity to be creative, but again limit where my work will be used commercially.
The NC and BY portions are also why I didn’t just stick a CC0 license on the picture and place it in the public domain.
Proper Use Scenario
A student needs a cover picture for a presentation on bird migration. They take my drawing, off-set and edit it so that their title text shows up clearly. They include a citation: Cover image adapted from Desert Cardinal by Sarah Carstensen CC-BY-NC-SA, in their resource list.
This is a correct use, because the license allows for non-commercial use (which school projects fall under) and derivatives (meaning the student can alter the drawing). The citation covers the attribution element.
Improper Use Scenario
An artist is creating a calendar, and plans to sell it at a bird-watchers convention. They need to have their finished file to the printers by the afternoon, but they are short of artwork. They take my drawing and add it as the April picture, and include a fine print “Drawing by” tag.
This is an improper use of the artwork because, even though they gave attribution, the license is non-commercial–meaning if the artist was giving away the calendars then the use would be acceptable, but not if they are selling them. Since the artist plans on making money with their calendar, the use is considered commercial.
If I found out that someone was selling my art in this way, I would try to contact them to have them stop. I might also contact the convention or society that is running the convention and let them know that there was an issue with the calendars, which might keep the artist from selling them there at least.
My goal would be to have the artist re-do the calendar so it doesn’t include my drawing, hopefully without getting into a fight over copyright.