I had been using Google images just like the next guy for years. In the past few months, I did learn how to do a search for certain licensed images and thought I was doing that right. I don't think I have been though. I would go to Google, do my search, click on image, click on search tools, click usage rights, and then choose the ones that are licensed for reuse. I just assumed that any image that was listed like that was safe; but that may not have been the case. On the other hand, I had always disregarded images from the Flickr domain and the Wikimedia domain. I now know that I was passing up a treasure trove of free and allowable images!
Photo repositories are also a great place to find pictures to use. Here are a couple with some caveats or conditions that I was able to learn.
- Flickr: Flickr allows you to search for images with a Creative Commons license. When you search, click Advanced Search or in the search results, click License and then choose Creative Commons. If you have a commercial site, you have to choose that option. Be sure to link back to the photo and still give credit.
- ClipPix ETC: ClipPix ETC is part of the Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse and provides thousands of royalty free photos to use in education related material. They do have a limit of 25 items in a one project and it must be for non-commercial use only.
- Wikimedia: Wikimedia provides a plethora of images that are licensed through Creative Commons.
|Image by DoremiGirl|
via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0
Here are some sites that I found in researching this topic sharpening my own saw so to speak.
- Noble Blogger Guidelines: How to cite pictures by Sasha Zinevych
- EduBlogs Teacher Challenge Step 6: Images, copyright, and Creative Commons by Sue Waters
- Copyright Issues in Digital Media by the Congressional Budget Office
- EasyBib: Free Bibliography Generator
Of course, I hope that have followed all of the guidelines myself. If not, feel free to leave a comment and help me grow!