Copyright info

In December 2013, I wrote a guide for people wishing to use my photography. The latest update is from January 2019, now that email money transfers have made paypal irrelevant.


If you want to use some text or a photo of mine non-commercially, feel free to do so provided you attribute it to me and provide a link to the original location.

If you want to use something commercially, contact me and we can discuss terms.


Except where otherwise noted, the content of:

is subject to a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. This includes all text, image files, videos, audio recordings, and all other forms of original content provided.

Under the terms of the license, you are permitted to:

  1. Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  2. Remix — to adapt the work

Subject to the following conditions:

  1. Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). My preferred form of attribution is the inclusion of my full name, as well as a link to my website. For example: “Image copyright Milan Ilnyckyj.”
  2. Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. If you wish to negotiate the rights to use some of my work commercially, please contact me.
  3. Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.


Those with any questions about the copyright policy above are likewise encouraged to contact me.

Creative Commons License

Last updated: 26 June 2016

10 thoughts on “Copyright info”

  1. Where is the bar set, with regards to a site being ‘Noncommercial?’

    Are sites with Google ads, or ads from another provider, excluded?

    What about sites that take donations or try to sell products?

  2. That is a tough call. The full version of the license says:

    You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation. The exchange of the Work for other copyrighted works by means of digital file-sharing or otherwise shall not be considered to be intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation, provided there is no payment of any monetary compensation in connection with the exchange of copyrighted works.

    A lot hinges on what ‘primarily’ means. There is a big difference between running a few ads to offset hosting costs and pulling in large amounts of money through advertising.

    To be cautious, I would suggest that webmasters running ads or selling products consider themselves ‘commercial until deemed otherwise’ for the purposes of copying content covered by this license.

  3. Frequently Asked Questions

    What happens if someone misuses my Creative Commons-licensed work?

    A Creative Commons license terminates automatically if someone uses your work contrary to the license terms. This means that, if a person uses your work under a Creative Commons license and they, for example, fail to attribute your work in the manner you specified, then they no longer have the right to continue to use your work. This only applies in relation to the person in breach of the license; it does not apply generally to the other people who use your work under a Creative Commons license and comply with its terms.

    So “NonCommercial” means that the work cannot be used commercially?

    Not quite. The “NonCommercial” license option means that you do not receive the commercial rights via the Creative Commons license. You can always approach the licensor directly to see if they will separately license you the commercial rights.

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