I see Hubs where beautiful photos are used and are from Pinterest. The photos are usually credited as being from Pins. Are we allowed to use those photos??
I doubt it. To use on HP we need permission from the owner of the picture---whoever created it.
We can only use photos with express permission from the copyright holders. This goes for any original content you use on any website, whether it is an image, video, music, or text, unless it is out of copyright. (copyright generally expires 70 years after the death of the author). Alternatively you can use public domain images or images which the creator/owner has shared and have a Creative Commons license. For the latter, you need to add a backlink to the image source plus an attribution to the creator, name of the source website and a specification of the type of license.
There are lots of Creative Commons images you can use on Wikimedia Commons. Some websites also allow you to use low res versions of royalty free images for free (you pay for the higher res versions), as long as they are attributed properly on your website.
This is the HubPages guide in the Learning Center to proper use of images in your hub
Hi Mary. To use any photos found on Pinterest you have to follow links to the original source to see if the photo is free to use (public domain or creative commons). Then proper attribution has to be noted on the image in the hub.
The only attribution I see (if any, at all, is "Pinterest".
I have wondered about that myself. I just discovered Pixaby, which has thousands of the most beautiful photos ever and they are all legal/free and you don't have to even attribute them, just write Pixaby as source. It is one of the ones HP recommends and it is so easy to access and search all for free. I found two beautiful photos of a dog in the countryside. I have to go back on my hubs and see if I have some Pins that I may have used before I understood what were the legal photos. It is hard at times to find the right ones on Wikimedia Commons, except they do have great flowers and such or history type photos. I learned from hubber lambservant who wrote a great hub on legal photo sights, and that is where I discovered creationswap for any Biblical or Christian photos. Oh, freedigitalphotos dot net is great too and easy to search. I see a lot who use morgue file too. Well, you did not ask about what are all the legal photo sites, but just Pinterest photos ...sorry.
I have used Pixabay, too. I also like Morgue file. I recently discovered 123rf.com They have stock photos that are free to use. Thanks, Faith.
I started going through some of my hubs and did find one that I used from Pinterest about taking a leap of faith, but I was delighted for find a much better real photo on Creationswap, which is a totally free site too. It is a more dramatic real photo with the caption already done on it. I will go through the rest of my hubs to see what I have done. Thank you for bringing up this question. Peace on this Memorial Day.
The images on 123rf.com are not free, for the most part. The images posted there are offered with watermarks, as samples, for people interested in paying for stock images.
I see you already got your answer from eugbug and that information is correct. So many people improperly use photos to which they do not have the rights to post.
This is exactly what I thought, but I get a little jealous when I see photos used from Pinterest that are certainly superior to what I can find! I have never done that myself.
Mary, don't be jealous! Simply go to Morguefile.com or Pixabay.com and choose great photos that you can then change and refine using picmonkey.com. You would be amazed at the beautiful free to use without accreditation photos you can find, fix and use.
TT2 I have used picmonkey, but I'm terrible at editing. They used to be completely free, but now they charge for an upgrade to do most editing. I tried to edit an old photo of mine that showed the date. I worked and worked to erase the date. I'll have to work on that more.
They have always charged for the upgrades, but the other edits are totally free and I find them sufficient to do just about anything I need when I combine the edits with Pixabay and Morguefile.
You have to learn the edits, but once you do, they are great. I have edited every single one of my photos on Picmonkey. Check 'em out and see what you think.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net have lots of images you can use. Try also the government website usa.gov which has public domain images of government works
I know it's frustrating but it's exactly the same as seeing someone shoplifting and feeling jealous that they're "allowed" to do it and you're not.
Just because other people are doing it, and getting away with it, doesn't make it right or legal. It's up to your own conscience whether you feel happy stealing other people's property (in this case, their photos).
Thanks all for some of the suggested free photo sites. I've been relying too much on Flickr and would like to expand my options.
The best way to avoid copyright dificulties is to make and use your own photos or take them from the sites the others suggested.
The short answer is no.
I liked the analogy about shoplifters I'll probably use that in explanation in the future!
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