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Rights to Photos?

  1. RGrimsby profile image60
    RGrimsbyposted 4 years ago

    I'm new to hubpages. I think I'm writing some pretty good content, and it's a great way for me to unwind and get back into writing. I'd love to beef up my hubs with some attractive photos.

    I understand there are issues with using photos you have the rights to. This means I could either make the photo myself, which seems tough, since I might not have a camera, or a subject related to my hub's theme.

    My question is: Where do you hubbers usually find photos? Do you download them from stock photo sites, or do you have another source? Do you have to pay money for rights, or are there ways to post photos in your hubs for free? I would greatly appreciate any advice on this.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image88
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I use Flickr Creative Commons to get some of my photos. Most of those just require a link back to them and/or the name of the photographer.  Flickr gives you the information you may need to share in the various categories of Creative Commons Licensing.  Google "Flickr Creative Commons" and you will find the page.

  2. RGrimsby profile image60
    RGrimsbyposted 4 years ago

    Thanke, Dale! I will check that out.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image88
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hope all works out for you, RGrimsby. If you can not find the appropriate photo there, you can Google just Creative Commons Photos and there are quite a few sites out there that have large libraries of such photos.

  3. kannanwrites profile image84
    kannanwritesposted 4 years ago

    The learning center entry on images is of great use. Link to the page http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/legal-image-use

  4. Alternative Prime profile image85
    Alternative Primeposted 4 years ago

    Although I personally prefer to create and edit my own original, custom images to be subsequently inserted and applied to both my online artistic contributions, and tangible venues beyond the "Net", "Flickr" can indeed be a valuable "Ready Made", instant source for new writers such as yourself, of whom wish to augment their literary works published and released into the vast expanse of the World Wide Web -

    I would however suggest you proceed with a dash of caution & more than a dash of common sense when importing, copying, transferring, pasting, and or ultimately incorporating, even though the image you select may be designated as "Legally Usable" within "Creative Commons" for commercial projects -

    There are still many gray areas in regard to "Using" a third party artist's photographs and or images, irrespective of consideration, for integration within a monetized web site piece - At this point in time, to my knowledge, Flickr does not require nor is it mandatory policy, for enthusiastic participants and or members who post respective photographs, to provide a hard copy "Proof of Release" even though the work uploaded may indeed require one due to a "Recognizable" third party figure depicted - Hence, third party liability for using an "Unauthorized" or "Legally" unusable image? -

    The odds of encountering issues related to a situation of this nature are favorable to the author, however, exercising caution and educating yourself prior to indulging might be worth the extra effort & time -

    - Alternative Prime -

    1. RGrimsby profile image60
      RGrimsbyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you- I will make sure to understand all terms before using a photo. I agree- it's preferable to use a graphic I made myself, but it can certainly be useful for images of objects I do not have no hand.

      1. Greekgeek profile image97
        Greekgeekposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Note that not ALL creative commons photos are available to us. We can only use those which are offered with commercial use allowed, since we make money on hubs.

        To restrict Flickr search to those images, you must go to Flickr's Advanced Search, scroll down, and click Creative Commons  AND the commercial use radio checkboxes. Otherwise you may get photos you're not legally allowed to use.

        I also use Stock Xchng, Wikimedia Commons and Open Clipart, checking the terms of use below pictures I find there.

        For more sources of legal photos, plus a rundown of how you can tell,  google "free web graphics: where to get them legally" for an old tutorial I wrote with links to a lot of good image sites that permit you to use their photos with credit and a link.