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.

If you are posting the image on a social network, you must also link to the project’s official accounts on that network.

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 or 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!
  • Use of an image as your headshot for conferences (participants only).

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.

Prohibited Uses

You may not use or post the images in any manner if you are:

  • Impersonating the project or the photographer for any reason
  • Doing something illegal
  • Slandering or making derogatory remarks about the project, or any of its participants.


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