If you are a photographer, then you have probably seen your work being used without your knowledge or any kind of compensation at some point of your career. This can be a very frustrating thing as it not only means that you wasted your time on creating the perfect picture, but it can also be very demotivating for you as a creator. If, however, you want to share your work, something that you can do is make your pictures creative commons pictures and make them available for the public. However, creative commons licenses have their pros and cons and we will list some of them in this article.
If you are a beginner, this type of license is one of the best things that you can do for your career because the amount of exposure that you will get can be unparalleled. These licenses do let pretty much anyone use your work, but only under certain conditions. One of those conditions is that they have to credit you every time they use one of your photos. That means that everyone that goes on their page will not only see your work, but they will also definitely know that it was you who took that photo which is a great way for you to potentially book jobs that you will get paid for.
Con: You can’t revoke the license
This is a very big deal because unlike with a personally negotiated license, which you can revoke at any time, creative commons licenses don’t allow you to do that. So if you see that someone is using your creative commons pictures in a way or a context that you don’t like and approve off, there really isn’t anything that you can do about it. Even if you decide to remove the license after you see something like this, everyone that used the photo while the license was still active will have the right to keep doing so, no matter what, so that won’t help you with this problem either.
Pro: You can avoid paying a lawyer
Something that stops a lot of people from getting these creative common licenses is the fact that they think they will have to spend a lot of money on a lawyer, but that isn’t necessarily true. Depending on the version that you want to use, you can find a CC license pre-written which will save you money as well as time. This license will protect your copyrights and give you the ability to enforce your right to compensation during situations in which the use of your pictures would result in financial gain on the user’s part.
Getting one of these licenses when sharing your images can be very beneficial to you, but it does also have some cons. Whether you want to have creative commons pictures with your signature out there is definitely up to you, and hopefully this article will help make that decision easier.
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