© Mark Whitney

Anything that I write in this blog is from my own little pea brain. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent those of my employer or any other person or institution with which I may be affiliated.

I am not being paid for advertising any particular products or services (I wish. I could use the dough.). If I pan or praise a product or service, it is strictly my opinion from my personal experiences.

If I include links to other blogs or web sites, all bets are off. I can’t control what they do over there. They may change, add, or remove content without my knowledge.

Sometimes I include content that is created by other people. To the best of my ability I respect the copyright owner’s licensing.

Below is a copyright statement for this blog that I made with the help of Creative Commons. I hope that it clarifies what I consider to be “NonComercial” use. I think that “incidental commercial elements” is a serious grey area that isn’t discussed nearly enough around the Web.

Have fun and remember to play nice with the other kids.


Creative Commons LicenseOriginal text, photographs, and graphics on this blog by Mark D. Whitney are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are defined with a CC Plus “CC+” license as follows:

Incidental Commercial Use: The CC+ clarifies the definition of NonCommercial to include the use of content for informational or educational purposes when there is an incidental commercial element as described in the following example.

Original content from this blog may be used in digital form at any time to discuss, critique, or inform readers about said content even if there are nearby commercial elements.

For example you are a photographer and you publish a blog or website where you compare, critique, and inform your readers about the work of other artists. Use of content from this blog is permitted even if portions of your website are designed to advertise your own works (photographic prints, photo books, etc.) or hosts advertisements through an affiliate marketing program such as Google Adsense, Clickbank, Amazon Associates, etc.

However original content from this blog cannot be used as permanent or semi-permanent design elements of your blog or website (e.g. as a banner or background image), cannot be used directly as part of advertising elements, nor can it be used in printed materials such as prints, posters, brochures, tee shirts, etc. without express permission.