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From the Creative Commons website:

A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

Would it be considered commercial use if an image was used in a blog post that provides valuable info to readers and isn't trying to sell something (e.g. a guide, how-to, etc.)? The blog would be part of a website that does offer services though, but there's nothing you can purchase on the website.

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This appears to be a legal question, not a design question. –  Scott Jan 15 at 17:22
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CC licenses are never terribly clear, unfortunately. Best to ask the owner of the image directly. In general, though, I'd say this leans towards commercial--as in the end the blog is intended to promote something. –  DA01 Jan 15 at 18:39

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Commercial use means that the image is used directly in the marketing and promotion of a product that results in monetary gain. Otherwise, you are fine as long as you don't claim ownership of the image either explicitly or implied.

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