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Creative Commons licence


#1

Hi,

I'd like to use photos and icons on my site. Some require a 'creative commons' attribution, but I don't want this to be visible on my site.

Firstly, does anyone know if I can just put this attribution within the code on my site? If so, where do I put it within webflow and also within the code and what exactly would I write (in terms of the code)?

Appreciate the help.

Many thanks


#2

I am not an expert but from what I know you have to attribute each icon or image to the creator and or source website. The two options you have is to either have it visible with the image or Icon or create a credits page where you give credit to the images and Icons. Of course the credits page needs to be clearly linked to from your public pages most likely in the footer.

I could be wrong though, if anyone else has information to share.


#3

Yeah most of the time attribution should be visible text in the website somewhere unless otherwise noted by the copyright owner. What I would do is just contact the creator of the icons and ask if you can add it in the code to see if they would be cool with it (you would add this as a comment in the custom code settings of your site).

// Icons generously provided by http://entypo.webflow.com

#4

@DanUK1, the whole idea of a cc-license is that you display the authors information and in return you can use the pictures/icons. So, your idea opposes the sole purpose of the license.

As a part-time photographer, I get slightly offended when people use my CC-work without reference. Even large news websites. Of course, you want your site to look good, but there's time, effort and lots of money involved in making the cc-work. [A decent camera + kit nowadays starts at $5000 USD, not to mention the software for editing, publishing costs online, and I'm not even talking about the experience over years to make such a piece of work.]

So, my advice would be to integrate the cc-attribution into the design. If you do it well, it's a win-win; for you, because you show that you value other peoples work. And for the author, because he/she can get some attention. Plus there's a bonus. Google awards you SEO-points for referencing and pingbacks. The latter meaning, notifying the author, and he/she making a reference to the use of the work.


#5

Thanks everyone for your responses. Much appreciated and I have taken note!

@thesergie do you have such visible text on the webflow website so I can get an idea of where you've put any attribution you have used and how you've done it? I have read somewhere that you've used the entypo icons etc - so could you show me that attribution?

Thanks!


#6

CC rules aren't very permissive when it comes to Attribution. You must attribute the work visually, not only in the code, and you must provide a link to the licence, plus to other elements if provided.

"If supplied, you must provide the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material. CC licenses prior to Version 4.0 also require you to provide the title of the material if supplied, and may have other slight differences."

See how the attribution below contains 3 links : to the image, to the author, to the licence :

You can also do this :

But EVERYTHING that isn't as complete and as visible as the two examples above isn't good at all, so the licence is breached and usage of the image fall into copyright breach/theft.

Most of the author giving you CC Attribution licences do that because they want exposure for their work, so you must provide this exposure.

https://wiki.creativecommons.org/Best_practices_for_attribution


#8

Attribution shouldn't "bother" anyone. It's easy, simple, and fast to do. As a result you got the content you wanted, not a stock shot everybody has. CC world is full of wonders.


#10

I don't agree here.

Attribution is very important.

If you use someones work - and they require an attribution...
--- you need to provide it. It's that simple.

You give credit where credit is due.

I use Dollar Photo as well as couple others like Stock Photo...
- but they don't always have "the exact icon I need"... even though I am paying for the service.


#12

I can understand the need to protect yourself and your clients.

For every website or application I develop... I maintain a project folder... which contains a CC folder as well.

Within the CC folder... I have a copy of the image I am (legally) using as well as a dated screen shot of the source and all requirements - clearly showing legality... and I also keep a copy of the text off the source url itself.

It's not like I keep a jillion images either.

Obviously, I cannot control what the source does - but as long as I have proof that I did every legal and by-the-books ---- I'm good to go.

If an originator is nice enough to let me use their work... I'm respectful and thankful enough to make sure the person is attributed.

On average... my customers are repeat clients. They come back every few years and have their websites updated / redone / refreshed. So for me at least... there's only a small window of time where issues could potentially occur. And again - I'm protected - and so are my clients.

I'm think - in most cases - if it's obvious you are not trying to screw the originator out of their due credit... things will work out in your favor.


#13

We don't use Entypo icons anymore internally. For an example you can check out the Photo credits link at the bottom of the site: http://sliders.webflow.com/ which takes you to another page with detailed CC attribution. I've also asked authors if adding something like "Icons by Juniper Creative" in the footer would suffice and they said it would be okay. Usually a link is preferable.


#14

That's always the best way to deal with CC content if you have time. Contact authors and make a special deal.


#15

http://sliders.webflow.com/photo-credits_text_underscore

@thesergie this page is great! Very nice example.


#16