Using Images Off the Web

Using images is a great addition to your posts.  Instead of scrambling last minute, start a media library of your favorite images found online.

You must take care to adhere to the permitted use and terms of conditions in using any images not your own. As a general rule, always give attribution, which means show & tell where you got the image from if it is not original to you. You can do this by supplying as much as you can of the:

  • Permanent URL
  • Title of image
  • Date of copyright or CC license if specified.
  • Date of access
  • Identifier / image ID
  • Photographer or artist, if given

Here are some sites that have easy to find usage permissions:

Google Advanced Image Search: Can search by usage rights, image size, or within a site (like an institution or museum).

Flickr Advanced Search: Can search by creative commons licensing.  Use ImageCodr to get a CC license checked

Flickr: The Commons: Publicly held collections. Most here have no know restrictions.

MorgueFile: Can use as is!

Pixabay– GREAT- can use commercially

Images from Books: out of copyright, but you should attribute anyway, lots of information for you to provide once the image is selected.

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is an organization, that set a standard for “fair” image usage and sharing.  Find images here by scrolling down to where it says “explore” and then doing a search in the search box above.  Check the “for commercial use” box. Specifies usage is listed for each image or page – sometimes under the picture, or in “additional information” link.  Can also scroll to the bottom of any given page selected to see the “cc” icon- click on it to see the usage allowance.  Sounds hard, but it’s very easy.

There are lots of licenses but if you have a blog that you monetize in any way, it is considered commercial use, so use the right license. Here’s an abbreviation key to understand creative commons licenses.

  • BY = Attribution only
  • BY-ND = Attribution-NoDerivatives
  • BY-NC-ND = Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives
  • BY-NC = Attribution-NonCommercial
  • BY-NC-SA = Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike
  • BY-SA = Attribution-ShareAlike
  • PD = Dedicated to or marked as being in the public domain (not subject to copyright).

Under the following terms: BY-SA = Attribution-ShareAlike

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Meaning no one can take your blog post and then subsequently copyright it on their page!