Without getting into the “legalese” that I’m abjectly unqualified to dissect…
The licensing and/or terms-of-use applied to stock photography often state(s) that I can use a certain image for “non-commercial” purposes… which—more times than not—grants me permission to use it in personal or educational pursuits. I cannot, however, use that image if it’s part of some marketing effort… or some “commercial” purpose whereby I can make money (unfairly) off the photographer’s work.
I don’t have a problem with any of that. But, what happens if educational pursuits are the core of your commercial efforts?
Erin’s a teacher… her salary (which could be tenuously construed to mean “her commercial efforts”) is rooted in education. As her boyfriend—and the one with the Photoshop skills—how am I to know where to draw the legal line?
Just asking. CM or KS, please feel free to offer free legal advice, if you still even read this shit.