Three Ways to Search for Copyright-Friendly Images

Three Ways to Search for Copyright-Friendly ImagesHow to Search for Copyright-Friendly Images

1. Creative Commons Search

http://search.creativecommons.org/ 

Creative Commons Search

2. Google Images Usage Rights Filter

images.google.com

Google Images Usage Rights Filter

Noncommercial choices will return more results. This is typically what you will use unless you’re using the images in a format that you will earn money from, or use in advertising.

  • Noncommercial Reuse with Modification – If you are going to change the image in any way.
  • Noncommercial Reuse – If you are going to use the image as-is (no changes).

3. Flickr License Filter

www.Flickr.com

Flickr Creative Commons Search

Understanding Flickr Usage Rights:

  • All Creative Commons – If you are using the image as-is.
  • Modifications Allowed – If you are going to modify the image in any way.
  • No Known Copyright Options – Can be used in any way without restrictions.
  • Public Domain – Can be modified and used for any application. No attribution required.
    • US Government Works – Considered Public Domain
    • “The Commons” – Considered Public Domain

Double Checking Usage Rights

Note: Sites like Google Images and Flickr can’t guarantee that the licensing information is accurate. It’s a good idea to check the image source to make sure the image is legitimately licensed and to check the exact terms of reuse.


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