The Faces of Open Source photographs may be used in a variety of ways depending on the nature of the usage. The rest of this page explains those distinctions but, if you ever have a question, feel free to get in touch with us.

Non-commercial Usage

You are free to use the images under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license. This license basically means you can use the images in a non-commercial way so long as you include attribution to “Faces of Open Source / Peter Adams” along with the image. If the usage is “on-line”, we also ask that you include a link back to the image’s page on this website.

Different people define non-commercial usage differently. Here are some examples of non-commercial usage that are acceptable:

  • Use of an image in a personal blog post about open source, photography, etc.
  • Use of an image in a school project.
  • Use of an image in a presentation about open source.
  • Sharing links to the images on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Use of an image in an article or blog post about (or promotes) the Faces of Open Source project!

Commercial Usage

Commercial license fees help us fund the on-going costs of the project. Therefore, we ask that you obtain a commercial license when using the images in a commercial manner.

For example, the following uses would require a commercial license:

  • You would like to use the images in an editorial. An exception to this rule is if the editorial is about (or promotes) this project!
  • You are a not-for-profit entity and want to use an image as part of a fund-raising campaign
  • You are a technology company, and want to include an image as artwork for your corporate blog, website, or marketing
  • You are a publisher and want to include an image in a book or reference publication
  • You want a print of an image for use in your home or business


Obtaining a Commercial License

All commercial usage requires that you obtain a commercial license before you use the image. Commercial license fees are based on several factors:

  • intended usage
  • length of use
  • medium of use
  • geographic location

To obtain a license, please contact us with this information.


If you are still unsure about the commercial nature of your intended use, just get in touch with us before you use the image.