All the text, videos, and pictures on this Web server are copyright
1985-2012 Philip Greenspun. I allow re-use of photos
(but not text), with hyperlinked credit, under a blanket license that
I developed in 1993 when this site was launched. My license is similar
in spirit to the Creative
Commons idea, but they were not founded until 2001 and therefore
their lawyer-drafted licenses were not available.
Non-commercial Web use of photos
On a personal home page or non-commercial Web service, please
feel free to use my photographs with a hyperlinked credit on every page
where one of my photos appears. Acceptable HTML is
That way people know who took the picture and, if interested, can find
out more about the photograph. There is no fee for usage.
photo courtesy <a href="http://philip.greenspun.com/">Philip Greenspun</a>
Commercial Web use of photos
You may use my photos on a commercial site with the same hyperlinked
credit, as noted above, but remember that most of the pictures of
people on my pages are not model-released. Under U.S. law,
advertising usage of photos (e.g., brochures, catalogs, print ads) is
very different from editorial usage of photos (e.g., newspaper and
magazine articles, books). You cannot use pictures in advertising
(e.g., an on-line product brochure or anything else that is selling)
without getting a model release from any person whose image is
recognizable in the photo. You might also have problems if an image
contains a recognizable physical property, e.g., Disneyland.
There is no fee for usage, but if you wish to compensate me, please
make a tax-deductible charitable donation to www.sarasanctuary.org, a
no-kill animal shelter, or to Magic Garden Children's Center.
Printing of photos for personal use
If you want a copy of one of my pictures to stick on your fridge or
use in a school project or cover a crack in your wall, then please
feel free to print anything you like from my site. For the best
quality reproduction, please see the high-res downloading instructions
below. For the best quality you may wish to go to your local
professional photo lab and have them make a print from the digital
camera raw or Kodak PhotoCD files on this server. I recommmend Boston Photo and am happy to
work with them to get you a print suitable for framing.
Use of photos and Web pages in print
You can use my photos at no charge in a printed brochure, newspaper,
or magazine with a "Photo courtesy http://philip.greenspun.com" credit
(note that the credit should be to my site, not my name). For
reproductions of any size you probably want to reproduce from the
PhotoCD, a 2000x3000 pixel scan (300 dpi at 7x10"), or camera raw
For a CD cover or DVD cover, please add a "Cover photo courtesy
http://philip.greenspun.com" credit in the liner notes. Send SARA
Sanctuary or Magic Garden a check if it goes platinum :-)
- finding the PhotoCD (photos with "pcdXXXX" in the URL): if you're looking at /images/pcd2488/maple-trees-12,
the PhotoCD may be obtained by adding ".pcd" to the URL, e.g., /images/pcd2488/maple-trees-12.pcd.
If you're looking at a particular resolution image, e.g., /images/pcd2488/maple-trees-12.3.jpg,
chop off the ".3.jpg" at the end and replace it with ".pcd". If
you're the first person to want an image and therefore the file is not
found please contact me and I'll upload it
- finding the biggest JPEG or camera RAW (digital camera originals):
If you're looking at /images/200208-nome-council-road/gold-dredge-1.half.jpg,
for example, you can obtain the maximum resolution original camera
file by removing the ".half" from the URL. In many cases I also have
the RAW file produced by the camera and it is both higher in
resolution and has better detail in shadows and highlights but
requires processing in Adobe Photoshop, Google Picasa, or similar.
For any questions about for-profit print project, e.g., advertisement,
magazine article, book, brochure, etc., please contact me via email.
It will help if you include the full URL of the image on my server,
Basis for Paintings/Drawings
Artists are welcome to use these photos as a basis for a drawing or
painting in exchange for a credit. If an image of the artwork is
displayed on the Web, credit should be a hyperlink to
http://philip.greenspun.com with a note "Partially based on a photo from
http://philip.greenspun.com". Otherwise the same note can be used in a
printed description of the work.
Text and Stories
Please feel free to redistribute via hardcopy or email for noncommercial
purposes any of my writings, but please don't break up documents (except
by chapter) and please attribute the source in such a way that someone
can find the most up-to-date version on the Web.
Please do not copy any of my (text) content to a public Web server.
Please link to my pages instead. I guarantee not to break any of your
links. The problem with you putting my text on your server is that
the search engines may be confused by seeing the duplicate
Back in the 1990s, I kept a list of people
who'd made charitable donations and a list
of copyright infringers who used images without credit. This
eventually became impractical.