[Pdr] Question about copyright

Adam Green adam.green at publicdomainreview.org
Sat Jan 19 18:14:09 UTC 2013

Hi Naîmi,

Just to add to Sam's answer, although most of our images are free to use in
all countries, there is some material which may not be. There are for
example some images which you are only free to re-use for
commercial purposes if you live in the U.S. You can find out more about the
license for each of the images by following the links back to
the original source - and you should there find more info on the
exact license which the images have been published under.

It is complicated but I am sure there is lots of good material in French to
help you learn about the different licenses, etc.

All the best,


On 16 January 2013 16:16, Sam Leon <sam.leon at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi Naîmi,
> There are some subtle differences between the open licenses used on the
> collections we have but they all permit you to produce derivates or "remix"
> the work (which I think is what you plan to do). So don't worry about using
> them in the way you describe.
> We're so excited to hear that you'll be producing some t-shirts. Could you
> tell us which collections you are using? We'd really appreciate an
> attribution to the Public Domain Review as a nod to our hard working
> curators who scour the web, but this is of course not compulsory.
> Please do send links to the finished product so that we can let our
> community and readership know about this.
> All the best,
> Sam
> On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Naïmi Virginia <virginianaimi at yahoo.fr>wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am french and I think I didn't understand all the "copyright laws"...
>> I would like to create my own clothes brand, and I would like to know if
>> I understood good :
>> I can re-use some of the illustrations in your website, but I have to
>> write the name of the author and you (public domain review). ?
>> The second point, I am not sure too understood is :
>>  I can't make any modification of the illustrations or add some "things" ?
>> It means : if I use some of public domain illustration, I can't "change"
>> them ?
>> I have, for example, to print an illustration like it is, and I can't,
>> for example, sewn sequins on it, or I can't "cancel" a part of the
>> illustration..?
>> I am sorry for my "not very good "english", I hope you can help me.
>> Many thanks, and Happy new year !
>> Virginia Naïmi
>> Verÿ Soon
>> Contact : Virginia Naïmi
>> 60ter boulevard du 25 août 1944,
>> 94120 Fontenay sous Bois
>> /
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