The Faces of Open Source photographs may be used in a variety of ways depending on the usage. The rest of this page explains those distinctions but if you ever have questions, please get in touch.

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 that you may 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, you must also include a link back to the original image 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 software.
  • Sharing links to the images on your favorite social media website/service.

Commercial Usage

All commercial usage of the images require that you obtain a commercial license before you use the image. Commercial license fees are based on a variety of factors such as your intended commercial usage, length of use, media, and geographic location. To obtain a commercial license please contact us with this information.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following uses would require a commercial license:

  • Inclusion of an image in an article/editorial which is supported by advertising of any kind (except for articles/editorial about the project itself).
  • Use of an image in a marketing campaign.
  • Use of an image in a fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity.
  • Use of an image on a website or blog related to your business.
  • An individual print of an image for use in a private home or business.


If you ever have questions about whether or not an intended usage is commercial or not, please get in touch before you use the image.