Let's assume the following situation:

  • I have created a personal blog hosted on Github Pages, based in a modified version of a template from HTML5UP, which is available for free for personal and commercial use under the CCA 3.0 license.

  • Inside this blog, I will generate original, digital, and creative content. In addition, I will use it as a personal portfolio for photography.

  • I want to protect all my content (my digital creations and original photos) against any kind of use, personal or commercial (copyright license).

  • Right now, the repository is public. But I would like to make it as private as possible, where only I can make any modifications.

My question is: Which are the steps I should take in order to license my hosted-Github Page and to protect my content, taking into account that I am using a template with Creative Commons Attribution 3.0? I do not want people to confuse the license from the template with the license from the content of the blog.

In my public repository, there is already a LICENSE.txt for the template. Can I just add another one for my content specifying the other type of license (copyright)?

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Keep it simple: CC-BY 3.0 means you have to give attribution. It doesn't require you to share any code or whatsoever. Thus it is generally deemed appropriate to have e.g. in your page footers a line which reads like:

This page uses the CC-BY 3.0 licensed template HTML5UP.

In your repository itself I'd be explicit in the LICENSE.txt

All content copyright edualvarado, all rights reserved.

The web page uses the CC-BY 3.0 licensed template HTML5UP.

You might want to rename LICENSE.txt to something like LICENSE_pagetemplate.txt to make it clear that it applies to the web page template you use. And restrict LICENSE.txt to the above two lines or something similar.


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