When does a web site become commercial when using creative commons licenses? I have a free-to-use hobby site that uses a few non-commercial images, avatars etc.

What exactly would it take to cross the line into commercial use? Charging for use of the site? Charging for membership that grant additional features? Donations?

I suppose the question is this, what exactly makes a site commercial?

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commercial website is a website, that generates revenue or cash flow of any type that isn't under a non profit organizations filed with that state.

there are 7 different kinds of CC licenses, only 3 of them allow explicitly non-commercial usage: read here about licensing types and blocks, which contain any CC license.

Read CC usage examples and this CC usage How-To, so you get more to know about CC.

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