I believe art should be seen. To that end, licensing policies at JapanDave​.com are designed to share my photos with the world.

This is done by way of the creative commons.

What’s this Creative Commons thing?

It’s a license which gives you certain permissions with my work. I still retain copyright, but I am granting your a license to use my photos.

The specific license I use is the Creative Commons Attribution-​​ShareAlike 4.0 International LicenseCC BY-​​SA 4.0 for short. This is a pretty liberal license. It basically says have at it. The only requirement is attribution; in other words, link back to this site and give my name as the original author.

With creative commons, you are free:

  • To Share: Copy, distribute, and transmit the photo
  • To Remix: Create derivative works of the photo.

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution: Attribution to David A. LaSpina and JapanDave​.com must be made with the photo.

Sample Accepted Usage of Creative Commons License

  • Blog Posts about Torii Gates
  • Online article illustrating good photography technique
  • A report for school
  • Using a photo as a desktop background (on your PC)

Commercial License

Commercial use of my photos is allowed under the CC BY-​​SA 4.0 license. However, there are a few catches to this.

  • You must include attribution to me, as mentioned above.
  • You must share any changes you make, releasing them freely under the same (CC BY-​​SA 4.0) license.

If you aren’t happy with those two requirements and would like to discuss a more traditional license, I am more than willing to discuss it with you. License fees are based on the following criteria:

  • Media – print, web, television, etc.
  • Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international)
  • Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
  • Prominence of Display – 14 page, 12 page, full page, spread, front cover, back cover, home page (online), interior page (online), etc.

All licensing inquiries should be sent to: licensing@​JapanDave.​com