Licensing

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 – 1/4 page, 1/2 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