I have the philosophy that art is meant to be seen and not hoarded. My licensing policies are thus designed to balance the costs that go into creating and sharing my work with the desire to provide inspiration through words and images on the internet and around the world.

Here's my terms of licensing, written in the rare third person.

Neill Watson allows the use of his words and images in two ways:

Creative Commons License

With Creative Commons you are free:

  • To Share: Copy, Distribute, and Transmit the image
  • To Remix: Create Derivative works of the image

Under these conditions:

  • Attribution: Attribution to Neill Watson and must be made along with the image.
  • Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. For clarity on what defines commercial use, please see the Sample Accepted Uses below.

Sample Accepted Use Of The Creative Commons License:

  • Blog Post describing a trip to Paris
  • Online article discussing the growing popularity of photography, Neill's views on the creative process or digital marketing. Or similar.
  • A website for a school project about the use of photography in art
  • An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor
  • A magazine or book cover, or use inside

License To Copyright

‘Commercial Use’ regarding the use of images online or offline is defined very broadly. The determination of commercial or non-commercial use is based on the contextual use of the image. The determination is NOT based on the tax-filing status of the entity using the image nor on whether or not a financial transaction takes place.

Commercial use of our images is allowed only if expressly granted by Neill Watson. All commercial uses will incur a licensing fee. Our fees are based on the following criteria:

  • Media – print, web, television, etc.
  • Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international
  • Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
  • Prominence of Display – 1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page, spread, front cover, back cover, home page (online), interior page (online), billboard etc.

All licensing inquiries should be sent to either or simply collate your images into a Lightbox and fill out the request form with details of your project. We will respond quickly and images can be downloaded directly from here.

Sample Use Requiring A License To Copyright:

  • A marketing campaign for a commercial entity
  • A fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity
  • A background image for a website about furniture
  • License to create an individual print for use in a private home

I'd like to thank photographer Trey Ratcliff for generously allowing the use of his sample Licensing text. I share his views on image use and it saved me time being able to simply modify his words a little. You can see his work over on his website, Stuck in Customs.

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