I thought I had to include the whole website when I use a picture from google images? But, when I look at other hugs, they aren't doing that...
Here's a great article to help you with using images legally: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/legal-image-use
Some hubbers don't do it, but they may get in trouble with Google or HP.
Google images is not a good source of images that are legally free for use. However, if you do find an image where the author has explicitly stated that the image is allowable for use, you should always cite it.
Flickr's creative commons section is a good place to get images as long as they aren't listed with gettys images (you have to pay for gettys pics.) Make sure you attribute the correct license for each picture you use.
Yes thanks melbel - very helpful. Thanks for asking the question too - I was wondering about this.
Quick guide for Flickr.com/creativecommons
If you get it from the attribution section (and let's say I'm the person who took the photos), cite it as:
melbel, CC-BY, via Flickr
From the attribution, no derivatives section:
melbel, CC-BY-ND, via Flickr
From the attribution, share-alike section:
melbel, CC-BY-SA, via Flickr
DO NOT use photos under any of the non-commercial licenses UNLESS your hubs do not have any ads whatsoever.
I am the first to admit that I don't understand the images thing.
i used to go to Google images, and use their image so long as it didn't relate back to a site looking for money.
It doesn't make sense to me. If the image costs .27cents, and you pay the money over to get the watermark taken off, and put it on your hub, there is nothing to stop the next person from stealing it.
what is that all about?
I agree, it could be so easily stolen. I strictly use images that are free of cost, anyway. I don't make much money. As a picture taker (too terrible to be considered a photographer), I'd be stoked if someone used my image and cited me. However, I'd be crushed if someone didn't cite me.
I was well stoked when someone on Amazon used one of my photos.
At the time, everyone I admire and respect here advised me to write to them and demand they include a backlink to me.
Well, I have never seen an Amazon product photo linked back the author, so I just left it.
But hey...if others can use my photos, I can use theirs, unLess they say I can't, right?
You could run into legal issues and even that Amazon guy is legally not allowed to do that without your consent (unless you've released your photo into the public domain.)
Even when you do cite people, you have to be very careful about the license, etc. I was hit with a note from HubPages who had received a DMCA or something from an image author because I misspelled the author's name or forgot to put Dr. in or something lame like that. HP purged the image from their server and everything. I could have re-uploaded the image after carefully reviewing the guy's name, but decided to move on to a different picture authored by less of a baby.
If I'd not credited him at all or credited the wrong person or selected the wrong license, it's one thing, but I'm not going to mess with someone who is going to pick me apart because I forgot to refer to him as "doctor."
I consider myself to be smart (or at least I did before my mother took ill with alzheimer's -it's genetic, you know) but I can't work this out.
Right so the Learning Centre says 'take your images from here' what happens when they don't have an image I want?
Why can I not use Microsoft Word Images? I paid for them with the program.
Then again, if everyone uploaded their images, there is nothing left for Microsoft.
Yeah I know your heart bleeds too.
The time is coming when I use my own artistic skill to write my own images. And when I upload to Hubpages, without any watermark, it is a free for all.
Something's not right.
It's a really tough situation. There is no clear-cut path. Especially since users who do the legal thing have to work harder and still get taken advantage of. It's incredibly frustrating and unfair.
I did read the Learning Center material a few times before too and have trouble understanding this particular subject. I use free domain sites and publish the URL and the photographers name if it's there - does that cover my bases? Thanks!
How would you feel if I said, "if others can use my articles, I can use theirs, unless they say I can't, right?"
Photographers are no different to writers, really. We're both creative artists and we sell our work for money. So if you use their photo without asking permission, it's no different to someone using your article without asking permission.
The difference is that traditionally, photographers don't put copyright or other notices on their photos in newspapers, magazines or online, so they are even more vulnerable than our articles.
And I'm sure you'd agree, just because other people are stealing photos all over the internet (just like people are stealing articles all over the internet), doesn't mean we should blithely join in!
I agree. Even though it's super frustrating when people steal our articles (and photos), I think the best way to go is to keep producing our own legal content and using others content legally. It's a shame that I put blood, sweat, and tears into an article and others can, in an instant, rip it all off from me, but it's our job as creators (artists, writers, photographers) to set a good example. Plus, all is not lost. For we hold the copyright and Google is ultra helpful in shutting down content thieves.
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