For all photos in the hometown.photos library, the following CC0 license applies:
The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
All photography made available through hometown.photos is licensed for use under the Creative Commons CC0 “Public Domain” license.
Public Domain vs. Creative Commons CC0
“Dedicating works to the public domain is difficult if not impossible for those wanting to contribute their works for public use before applicable copyright or database protection terms expire. Few if any jurisdictions have a process for doing so easily and reliably. Laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction as to what rights are automatically granted and how and when they expire or may be voluntarily relinquished. More challenging yet, many legal systems effectively prohibit any attempt by these owners to surrender rights automatically conferred by law, particularly moral rights, even when the author wishing to do so is well informed and resolute about doing so and contributing their work to the public domain.”
Therefore in order to make hometown.photos as painless and easy to utilize as possible, the CC0 license fill gaps and is better understood by legal bodies that do not have official or robust knowledge and support of common cultural works.
For purposes of clarity and user understanding, site content uses the term “Public Domain” in place of “CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication”.
In the future the WordPress theme code will be posted on Github under and open source license. Currently in development and pretty embarrassing as I built it over a weekend :).