What is a Creative Commons copyright license?
The complete answer takes up pages. The simple answer is that when an image is licensed under the Creative Commons standard, it can be used freely, without charge, simply by crediting the source. Some content originators limit usage to non-commercial uses, while others allow use in for-profit contexts. Some require the image to be used in its original format; others allow the image to be manipulated (colorized, animated, recombined, etc.)
Essentially the Lemberger Collection images are offered to the public with the fewest possible restrictions, but the websites where the images are stored offer more specific details about what is allowed.
Where can I find out more about The Lemberger Collection?
What is a photo illustration?
Photo illustrations allow for some artistic interpretation; they may combine several photographs or involve the digital manipulation of an image. Photo illustrations are individually produced by the artist and may vary slightly. Photo illustrations are printed on acid-free archival paper, are signed by the artist and are available in various sizes.
Images included in The Meerkat Family Album are photo illustrations which have been manipulated using computer graphics capability.
What is a limited edition print?
Prints are produced on a press using a lithographic or offset method, creating a number of nearly-identical pieces which are then sequentially numbered and signed by the artist.
A numbered edition will include a pre-determined quantity of prints, produced at the same time and basically identical except for the unique number assigned to each print. (Ink variations and paper characteristics may also create minor differences between copies.) Once the pre-determined number of prints has been sold, the edition is sold out and the art will no longer be available except through the secondary market.
Each print is signed by the artist. Editions vary in number depending on the subject, but no edition of Mr. Lemberger’s work is over 500.