German Court Says Creative Commons 'Non-Commercial' Licenses Must Be Purely For Personal Use

Posted by BernardSwiss on Mar 29, 2014 10:04 AM EDT
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Now a German court has weighed in on the subject, with interesting results. The case concerned the use of a photo from Flickr, released under a CC-BY-NC license. The photo appeared on the Web site of Deutschlandradio, part of the German public broadcaster -- a non-commercial organization, that is. Alongside the photo, Deutschlandradio's Web site included the name of the artist, the license, and a link to its terms. Despite this, the photographer demanded 310 Euros plus costs on the grounds that Deutschlandradio had used the photo for commercial purposes.

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