1. Creative Commons Search
2. 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
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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