Creative Commons photos from Google to use with your hubs

So you need an image to include with your hub

So you need an image to include with your hub. You go to Google.com, click on the IMAGES button, and type in the type of image you are in search of. In my case, I need a picture of a white cow that shows its tail.

I type in "white cow."  Wow! I get about 11,300,000 results.

Whoa, horsie! Okay, I know I am searching for an image of a cow; however, you are NOT free to use a bunch of those pictures. Only some of them are listed as Creative Common pictures. In other words, only some of them give you copyright permission to use his or her work.

This hub will teach you the step-by-step process of how to find out for sure and certain that you are legally using the photos and clip art that you have the right to use. That way, you are not liable and Hubpages.com is not being compromised.

Please note - If the photo license states All Rights Reserved, you cannot use it
Please note - If the photo license states All Rights Reserved, you cannot use it | Source

Please note - If the photo license states All Rights Reserved, you cannot use it

Right off the bat, if you click on the picture and see the words "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED," no matter how perfect this image would be for your hub, you can NOT use it. Sigh! Double sigh! Pout!

There is only one way you MIGHT be able to use it. You could contact the photographer and beg and plead, "Pretty Please with sugar on top, may I use your fantastic picture in my hub that I found in my Google search? I promise to give you credit." Then you wait with baited breath to see how he or she responds.

So unless he or she gives you copyright permission to use it, sigh, boo hiss, you can NOT use it. Double sigh!

Step 1 - Go to Google and click on IMAGES

Step 1 - Go to Google and click on IMAGES
Step 1 - Go to Google and click on IMAGES | Source

Step 2 - Before searching for your image, click ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH

Step 2 - Before searching for your image, click ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH
Step 2 - Before searching for your image, click ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH | Source

In my case, I needed a photo of a white cow that shows her tail. I needed it for a hub that I wrote quite a while back about a group of white cows who frequently graze near our log cabin. Unfortunately, when I went to take a photo, I discovered that the farmer must have decided to graze his cows in a different field. So this hub has been on hold for quite some time.

Finally, I decided to use a Creative Commons photo instead.

In case you're curious, here is the link to that now published hub.

Step 3 - Put in search terms under Advanced Search that you wish to use

Step 3 - Put in search terms under Advanced Search that you wish to use
Step 3 - Put in search terms under Advanced Search that you wish to use | Source

Find Results

I typed in the words "white cow" in the first field that states "related to all of the words."

Since I did not want a picture of any other color cow than white, I also typed in "white cow" in the next field that states "related to the exact phrase."

I left the next two fields blank:

(1) "related to any of the words": This would not work as I did not want a bunch of images of the color white. i also did not want just any cow. I needed a white cow to fit my hub.

(2) "not related to the words": This would not work either for obvious reasons. Why would you type in a search terms and then elect to get a picture not related to those search terms?

Content types

You have the choice of getting the following content types:

* any content

* faces

* photo content

* clip art

* line drawings

For the purpose of my hub, I wanted a photo; therefore, I checked that particular bullet. 

Size, Exact Size, Aspect ratio, and file type

I did not check any of these.

Coloration, Domain, Usage Rights, and Safe Search

Coloration: I wanted a color photo rather than black and white; therefore, I selected "full color." 

Domain: I decided I wanted to work only with images from Flickr; therefore, I typed in "flickr.com." You can leave this field blank if you want a wider range of options to choose from for your desired image.

Usage Rights: You can do a bit of experimenting here. I finally decided to choose the field that states "labeled for reuse."

Safe Search: If you want a wider range of options, you may wish to click the bullet for "Use moderate filtering." Since I wanted to make certain that I only saw white cows in full color, I selected the bullet for "Use strict filtering."

Once you have defined all your terms ...

Once you have defined all your terms for the Advanced Search, then click the "GOOGLE SEARCH" button. 

Step 4- Pick the image that will fit your needs

Step 4- Pick the image that will fit your needs
Step 4- Pick the image that will fit your needs | Source

As you probably can tell, there is only one picture on this page that fits my criteria; therefore, I clicked on that picture.

Step 5 - See what copyright restrictions there are on the image you wish to use

Step 5 - See what copyright restrictions there are on the image you wish to use
Step 5 - See what copyright restrictions there are on the image you wish to use | Source

Phew! CC stands for Creative Commons. The words "SOME RIGHTS RESERVED" indicate that I will most likely be able to use this photo in my hub.

Click on the words "SOME RIGHTS RESERVED" to see what restrictions there may be on your photo.

Step 5 - Click on WEBSITE FOR THIS IMAGE and check out copyright terms

Step 5 - Click on WEBSITE FOR THIS IMAGE and check out copyright terms
Step 5 - Click on WEBSITE FOR THIS IMAGE and check out copyright terms | Source

Step 6 - Scroll down to see what the copyterm terms are listed as

Step 6 - Scroll down to see what the copyterm terms are listed as
Step 6 - Scroll down to see what the copyterm terms are listed as | Source

Step 7 - Take note of photographer's name and then click on SHARE THIS

Step 7 - Take note of photographer's name and then click on SHARE THIS
Step 7 - Take note of photographer's name and then click on SHARE THIS | Source

Step 8 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK

Step 8 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK
Step 8 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK | Source

Step 9 - Copy and paste link URL of photo to include with your photo credits information

Step 9 - Copy and paste link URL of photo to include with your photo credits information
Step 9 - Copy and paste link URL of photo to include with your photo credits information | Source

Step 9A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL of the photo instead

Step 9A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL of the photo instead
Step 9A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL of the photo instead | Source

Copy this link to include with the caption section about the photo you are using. You can use either the longer link or the short one. Either one will do.

Step 10 - Notice when you right click to copy the photo, these words show up

Step 10 - Notice when you right click to copy the photo, these words show up
Step 10 - Notice when you right click to copy the photo, these words show up | Source

In the case of this photo, I could choose between Medium 500 or Medium 640. I selected the smaller of the two options and clicked on the words "MEDIUM 500." 

Step 11 - Check out exactly how to type the license agreement when you save the picture to your computer

Step 11 - Check out exactly how to type the license agreement when you save the picture to your computer
Step 11 - Check out exactly how to type the license agreement when you save the picture to your computer | Source

Notice the license agreement. You need to list the photographer with your photo. You also need to list the words "Some rights reserved."

Step 12 - Right click on picture and SAVE PICTURE AS to your computer

Step 12 - Right click on picture and SAVE PICTURE AS to your computer
Step 12 - Right click on picture and SAVE PICTURE AS to your computer | Source

You can download the picture OR

You can right click on it and select the "SAVE PICTURE AS" option to save the photo to your computer.

Step 13 - Save photo with descriptive name plus the photographer's name plus licensing rights

Step 13 - Save photo with descriptive name plus the photographer's name plus licensing rights
Step 13 - Save photo with descriptive name plus the photographer's name plus licensing rights | Source

Save the photo with descriptive name plus the photographer's name plus licensing rights. That way, you will not forget and accidentally neglect including the words that keep you from being liable of breaking a copyright law.

Step 14 - Check out the specifics of SOME RIGHTS RESERVED

Step 14 - Check out the specifics of SOME RIGHTS RESERVED
Step 14 - Check out the specifics of SOME RIGHTS RESERVED | Source

When you go to the licensing page, notice that you are free:

* "to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work"

* "to Remix - to adapt the work"

Step 14A - Check out the specfics of UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS

Step 14A - Check out the specfics of UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS
Step 14A - Check out the specfics of UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS | Source

Check out the specfics of UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

* Attribution - "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)." In other words, you must give credit to the photographer. Also, I cannot give the impression that this photographer would enjoy or endorse my hub about a cow that can share her thoughts.

* Noncommerical - "You may not use this work for commercial purposes." In other words, you cannot make greeting cards or a calendar or some other project with this image and sell them.

* Share Alike - "If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one."

Step 14B - Make certain you are fulfilling the requirement of WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT

Step 14B - Make certain you are fulfilling the requirement of WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT
Step 14B - Make certain you are fulfilling the requirement of WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT | Source

Make certain you are fulfilling the requirement of WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT:

* "Waiver - Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder."

* "Public Domain - Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license."

* "Other Rights - In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license."

* "Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations."

* "Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights."

Okay, here it comes. This is one of the most important parts of this page.

* "Notice - For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page."

It indicates that you should include a link to this web page along with the other information you have collected.

Step 15 - Copy (Control C) and paste the URL of the Creative Commons page to include with your photo credits

Step 15 - Copy (Control C) and paste the URL of the Creative Commons page to include with your photo credits
Step 15 - Copy (Control C) and paste the URL of the Creative Commons page to include with your photo credits | Source

Here is the information I will list with the photo:

Here is the photo at last with proper Attribution

White Cow in profile view by Mackley - Some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/81193269@N00/1203195301 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
White Cow in profile view by Mackley - Some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/81193269@N00/1203195301 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ | Source

Final Words

I am very grateful that the photographer who goes by the name Mackley was generous enough to share his work with people like me.

Thank you, Mackley!

I am the daughter of a now retired patent attorney; however, he still works on trademarks and copyrights for others. Therefore, I have been learning about copyright for a good portion of my life.

I hope you find this hub helpful. Have fun with your hub writing and photo searches. Thanks for visiting!

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puter_dr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Great Information here. Thanks!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much! I hope it helps!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Very informative hub with pictures that makes it easy to understand! It is important to do it right! Voted up!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much, thoughtforce. I really appreciate it!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great information Debbie, it's covered everything I needed to know and more.

useful/up and bookmarked for this one.

take care

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks, Eiddwen! I am so glad it helped. I learned a lot about copyright from my father and also from a workshop I took as a storyteller.


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

DJ, thanks a lot for this great hub. Anwered my question so perfectly on how to use imaged from the web. I really like the illustration part of it. Cheers. ian


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 4 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Ian, thanks so much. I'm glad it was helpful!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Thanks for taking the painstaking time to share this with us. I've been going back and checking all my hubs to be very sure that I am OK on all of my photos. This reminder helps a lot. Voted up and sharing!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

Great tip to hubber :D Keep up the good work. As they say great hub need great picture to convey their message. Thanks for sharing

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