Copyright Notice

Copyright Notice from Ryan Holliday

Please note that I also occasionally license some of my photos under the CC-SA license for use on Wikimedia sites such as Wikivoyage or Wikimedia Commons using the username "Wrh2".
Denail from Reflection Pond

This copyright notice is taken nearly verbatim from the notice published by Philip Greenspun. The quick summary is that pretty much any content on the site can be used non-commercially, but please provide attribution in the form of a link back to this site.

All the text and pictures on this web server are copyright 2002-2012 Ryan Holliday unless otherwise noted.

Here are the terms of my blanket license...

Printing of photos for personal use

If you want a copy of one of my pictures to stick on your fridge or use in a school project or cover a crack in your wall, then please feel free to print anything you like from my site.

Non-commercial Web use of photos

If you have a personal home page or non-commercial web service, please feel free to use my photographs with a hyperlinked credit on every page where one of my photos appears. Acceptable HTML is

photographs courtesy <a href="">Ryan Holliday</a>

That way people know who took the picture and also can find my on-line copyright statement. You do not need to pay for usage. Just build the best web site you can and give it back to the community.

Commercial Web use of photos

If you would like to use my pictures on a commercial page, then please do the following:

  1. register the URL with me (sending email is fine)
  2. add the hyperlinked credit as above (on every page where a photo appears)

You do not need to pay for usage, either, though I reserve the right to deny usage on sites that I find to be truly poisonous.

Black-Browed Albatross and Chick

Note: remember that most of the pictures of people on my pages are not model-released. Advertising usage of photos (e.g., brochures, catalogs, print ads) is very different from editorial usage of photos (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, books). You cannot use pictures in advertising (e.g., an on-line product brochure or anything else that is selling) without getting a model release from any person whose image is recognizable in the photo. You might also have problems if an image contains a recognizable physical property, e.g., Disneyland. One of the reasons advertisers pay $1000+ for images from stock agencies is that those agencies have generally already gotten the relevant releases.

Use of photos and Web pages in print

If you are doing a story, book, or CD-ROM about the World Wide Web, please feel free to include a page or two of mine under the following conditions:

  1. the URL is legible in the capture or separately printed in a caption
  2. a small credit is printed reading "Photos courtesy"
  3. send me email informing me of the usage

If you're a non-profit organization and want to use one of my photos in a printed brochure or magazine, you can do so at no charge with a "Photo courtesy" credit.

If you want to use a photo in a for-profit print project, e.g., magazine article, advertisement, book, brochure, etc., please contact me via email. It will help if you include the full URL of the image on my server, e.g., /photos/images/18-roll/15-falklands-steeple-albatross-and-chick.jpg.


Artists are welcome to use these photos as a basis for a drawing or painting in exchange for a credit. If an image of the artwork is displayed on the Web, credit should be a hyperlink to with a note "Partially based on a photo from". Otherwise the same note can be used in a printed description of the work.

Text and Stories

Please feel free to redistribute via hardcopy or email for noncommercial purposes any of my writings, but please don't break up documents (except by chapter) and please attribute the source in such a way that someone can find the most up-to-date version on the Web.

Please do not ever copy any of my (text) content to a public Web server. Link to my pages instead. I will do my best not to break any of your links. The problem with you putting a page on your server is that the search engines will find it and send my readers to your server instead. Thus they will be deprived of my latest content and service innovations.