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This question about Creative Commons caught my attention.

Suppose I create some images for an ebook. I want to allow people to use my images without having to ask my permission, but under some "custom conditions."

I don't want the images used commercially, in the sense that they might be used on T-shirts, mugs, etc. However, I would love to see them used in books and on websites, even if those websites are commercialized in the sense that they 1) allow advertising, or 2) charge a fee for people to view articles.

I also want the boilerplate stuff: Cite me as the author/creator, link to my website, etc.

Can anyone tell me which Creative Commons license allows this, or which license can be customized to fit individuals' needs? I'm a little confused by the various licenses and terms.

  • Pretty much this very question was asked in law.stackexchange.com/q/22987, though the variant of "somewhat commercial" there is a bit different. Your main problem will be saying exactly what you allow vs. prohibit. – user6726 Oct 19 '17 at 1:07
  • OK, I'll check that discussion. – David Blomstrom Oct 19 '17 at 1:33
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You can modify any of the Creative Commons licenses to day exactly what you want them to say (subject to attribution - they are themselves CC-A licenses).

However, it is likely to lead to misunderstandings - when people see a CC license they will assume it is a standard one - if you are confusing (even unintentionally) a) the license may be unenforceable and b) you may be in breach of consumer protection law.

  • If you modify a CC license, it is no longer a CC license. As such you should claim it is CC (although you can, and should, say that it is a modified CC license - apart from the attribution requirement, it will help anyone reviewing it; they will know where to start.) – Martin Bonner supports Monica Nov 18 '17 at 15:14

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