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  • From: James Grimmelmann <james AT>
  • To: Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] What precisely IS "commercial" use?
  • Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 22:56:47 -0400

Stephen Buel wrote:
> Is publication of a photograph in the news pages of a newspaper a
> commercial or noncommercial use? My first thought was that it must be
> commercial, but then I read something in the FAQs that suggests that web
> site publication is noncommercial, and that made me wonder. Let me
> stipulate that the newspaper is a commercial enterprise.

The Noncommercial guidelines would say "it's a commercial use" right at
the first step, because the newspaper is a commercial user:


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