500px adds Creative Commons licensing
By Andrew Hudson Published: November 17, 2012 Updated: September 26, 2014
The photo-sharing site 500px (an upscale Flickr) has added a much-requested feature, the ability to distribute your photos with Creative Commons licenses. Now photographers, if they wish, can allow their photos to be used freely on the Web in exchange for attribution and a link to their 500px page.
“We want to give our photographers as much flexibility as possible to spread their work and build their profiles and businesses. Our move to offer Creative Commons licensing is another way we’re providing additional services and value to meet the needs of our growing community.”
— Oleg Gustol, CEO of 500px, to Mashable
This is an opt-in program. The default setting remains as “All Rights Reserved” but photographers can select options for Creative Commons licensing.
“For artists and creators, copyright is often a challenge because on one hand they want to protect their work and on the other they’d like it to spread. … Creative Commons licensing … gives our photographers more options to let others share and re-use their work. This opt-in program provides the 500px community with greater flexibility on usage, photo attribution and additional sharing opportunities.”
About Creative Commons Licenses
Attribution: />You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work—and derivative works based upon it—but only if they give credit the way you request.
Share Alike: /> You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
Non-Commerical: />You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work—and derivative works based upon it—but for non-commercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works: /> You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.