I am currently developing an online service that allows to share and download music from different source on the internet, this is a free service without subscription or registration, I found a perfect flag icons I will like to integrate into the website countries section, but it comes with Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.

I'm seriously confused on whether to use the flags because I am going to be running advertisements from Google and some other places to help with the financing of the web hosting and the Terms are:

You must give appropriate credit

  • I really don't want to attribute any link on that page that has the logo

You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

  • Does running of advert which might earn me some cash means I can't use it?
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    This doesn't address ads in particular, but there's a great write-up of the problems with NC here: opensource.stackexchange.com/a/1246/50
    – apsillers
    Jan 26, 2016 at 13:25
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    If you really don't want to give attribution to the original author whose work you're using, then the entire Creative Commons family of licenses is definitely not for you (except CC0). If it makes it easier, possibly you could link to a credits/about page with the attribution; I'm not sure.
    – apsillers
    Jan 26, 2016 at 13:38
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    If the license requests attribution, you have to attribute or refrain from using the images.
    – vonbrand
    Jan 26, 2016 at 13:39
  • I haven't read this, but it may help? wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Defining_Noncommercial
    – lofidevops
    Apr 6, 2016 at 14:06

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A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation. (Source: Creative commons)

So if you only have the adverts for financing the page it's ok, but when you are making money out of it it's not ok.


I really don't want to attribute any link on that page that has the logo

That isn't possible. But you could contact the author of the images to give it to you under a special license.

But you could link to it under copyright or tos as written in the cc wiki:

Author if supplied and attribution parties if designated in copyright notice, TOS, or other reasonable means


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