I was wondering, do you guys get images for your hubs from google images? Or where do you all typically search for them? I want to put some images at the beginnings of my hubs so my pic won't constantly be displayed, and so I can have an image to match the subject matter of the articles.
Same discussion yesterday, with lots of information and links to further discussions:
Don't do it! I had to go back and fix all my hubs (and I won't mention how many I had done). I misunderstood apparently the FAQ on this subject and had to redo so many it made me kinda sick.
I use flickr - but I do a search and only use ones that are legal to use (you can set this criteria on flickr) and are okay to use for commercial endeavors such as here. If they are marked not to be used commercially, you should not use those. They have a great array of pics and I never seem to run out of those.
I also use Wikimedia Commons - again I use only the ones that are public domain but still attribute them - or any that are allowed under the CC licenses (attributing).
I have seen many people do it both ways on attribution though - some say that you need to have a link to the person's photostream (so you make a text capsule below the pics and put in the link) - others I note type anything from flickr to flickr joe blow to the entire http address.
I have actually asked for more verification on that because I think really we should all be doing the same thing.
If you use Google images, I think there is a way to check for CC licenses as well but it seemed so cumbersome when I was trying there, it seemed way labor intensive.
Morguefile.com is another good source - free images - and folks around HP use a few others such as stockimages, etc. The important thing is to make sure you check the licensing.
Of course you can always make your own images and post those!
Long answer - hope it helps!
Thanks, folks. For my publishing projects (for other clients), I usually use iStockPhoto, but you have to pay for those no matter how you use them. It may be worth it, though, in the end since they have some really good stuff, but I'll check out the free sites, too.
The rule is that you must attribute the photographer. That means at the minimum, you must say "photo by ...." and the name of the photographer. Flickr isn't the photographer so saying it's from Flickr isn't enough.
Most people do make the name a link to the photographer's photostream. Personally I think it's polite - we all know the value of a backlink, right? You're getting a good photo for free, after all. You can do that in a text capsule under the photo, or include it in the credits somewhere in your Hub.
It has been suggested that HubPages should create a special "Photo Credit" capsule which would encourage people to do the right thing.
Honestly, most of my pictures come from my photoshop's vast clip art files. Those that didn't were mine.
A side issue, Donna, but most people will tell you not to put a large picture at the very top. Instead, put it flushed right of the second text capsule; this leaves prime space on the first capsule for an adsense ad.
Attribution does NOT give you the right to use someone else's photograph or writing. You must have their permission, either through e 3rd party like a photo stock company or directly. Sometimes you will find photos with the notation they are offered to the public domain like in wikipedia.
I wrote a hub on this subject which might be helpful:
It is not any different than copying someone's writing.
I use my own photos and/or drawings. Most of the time it is just decoration.
On that issue, I really, really wish that people writing about money would stop using that same picture of the coins in the glass jar. I have seen that far too many times. Can't you grab a camera and take a picture of your own money ?
Here's my poker stash.
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