Creative Commons photos from Yahoo 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 Yahoo.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 279,000 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 Yahoo 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 Yahoo, click on images, and type in the image you are searching for

Step 1 - Go to Yahoo, click on images, and type in the image you are searching for
Step 1 - Go to Yahoo, click on images, and type in the image you are searching for | 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 2 - Look for the words SHOW ONLY - Then click the words MORE FILTERS

Step 2 - Look for the words SHOW ONLY - Then click the words MORE FILTERS
Step 2 - Look for the words SHOW ONLY - Then click the words MORE FILTERS | Source

Step 3 - Check 3 fields - (1) Creator allows reuse for (2) Commercial Use and (3) Remix, tweak, build upon

Step 3 - Check 3 fields - (1) Creator allows reuse for (2) Commercial Use and (3) Remix, tweak, build upon
Step 3 - Check 3 fields - (1) Creator allows reuse for (2) Commercial Use and (3) Remix, tweak, build upon | Source

To give yourself a wide range of choices, click all three of those fields. Of course, you do not have to check the "Commercial Use" button since you most likely don't wish to sell a copy of this photo. Like me, you probably just want to use this photo to illustrate one of your hubs.

Step 4- Sift through your allowable selection of images and choose one to use on your hub or blog

Step 4- Sift through your allowable selection of images and choose one to use on your hub or blog
Step 4- Sift through your allowable selection of images and choose one to use on your hub or blog | Source

That picture of a white cow seems ideal for the purposes of my hub. The cow is looking at the reader. You can also see her tail.

So I clicked on that photo.

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

When you see CC - that is usually good news. That usually means that you will be able to use this photo. Thank goodness it does not say "All rights reserved." Instead, it says, "Some rights reserved." Click on that button to find out what restrictions there might be with using this photo.

Step 6 - See what you are free to do and what you are not free to do per this image

Step 6 - See what you are free to do and what you are not free to do per this image
Step 6 - See what you are free to do and what you are not free to do per this image | Source

You are free:

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

* "to Remix - to adapt this work"

Okay, this is great news. You are free to use this image. Hooray!

But wait, there may be a catch. So keep reading.

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)."

Okay, I must give credit to the photographer. But I must not do this is such a way that I would suggest that Daniel Montesinos would enjoy or endorse my hub about a cow actually sharing her thoughts with the world.

* "Noncommercial - You may not use this work for commercial purposes."

Okay, this means that we cannot use this photo in a product that we sell such as greeting cards or calenders or some other type project.

* "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 6A - Read the license all the way down so you are certain about the restrictions per use of the image

Step 6A - Read the license all the way down so you are certain about the restrictions per use of the image
Step 6A - Read the license all the way down so you are certain about the restrictions per use of the image | Source

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 udner 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."

* "The author's moral rights."

* "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 comes one of the most important parts of this license. These are the words you really need to focus on when giving credit for the photo.

"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."

In other words, I must include a link to this webpage with the photo credits in the caption section. To be in compliance, do the following:

Step 6B - Control C on the URL to copy it into your copyright permissions listing

Step 6B - Control C on the URL to copy it into your copyright permissions listing
Step 6B - Control C on the URL to copy it into your copyright permissions listing | Source

Step 7 - Now click on the SEE IMAGE BELOW AT to see its original location. In this case, it is Flickr.

Step 7 - Now click on the SEE IMAGE BELOW AT to see its original location. In this case, it is Flickr.
Step 7 - Now click on the SEE IMAGE BELOW AT to see its original location. In this case, it is Flickr. | Source

Step 8 - Find out the name of the photographer or painter to use with the image

Step 8 - Find out the name of the photographer or painter to use with the image
Step 8 - Find out the name of the photographer or painter to use with the image | Source

For this photo, I see that the photographer is Daniel Montesinos.

Step 9 - Scroll down and see what the License states

Step 9 - Scroll down and see what the License states
Step 9 - Scroll down and see what the License states | Source

Notice the licensing states:

* "Some rights reserved"

If you roll your mouse over the symbols, you see the word pop up of "Noncommercial." In other words, we are not free to sell this photo or use it in a project and then sell the project.

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

Click either Medium 500 or Medium 640

I clicked on Medium 500. I figured that would work better with Hubpages.

Step 11 - To get the proper photo credits to display in Flickr, click on the words SHARE THIS

Step 11 - To get the proper photo credits to display in Flickr, click on the words SHARE THIS
Step 11 - To get the proper photo credits to display in Flickr, click on the words SHARE THIS | Source

Step 12 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK

Step 12 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK
Step 12 - Click on the words GRAB THE LINK | Source

Step 13 - You will copy and paste the link to get to the photo and as part of the photo credits

Step 13 - You will copy and paste the link to get to the photo and as part of the photo credits
Step 13 - You will copy and paste the link to get to the photo and as part of the photo credits | Source

Step 13A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL to get to the photo and to list as part of your photo credits

Step 13A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL to get to the photo and to list as part of your photo credits
Step 13A - OR you can copy and paste the short URL to get to the photo and to list as part of your photo credits | Source

Make a note of the long or short url to include with your photo credits in the caption section. 

Step 14 - To copy the photo, right click, then click on either MEDIUM 500 or MEDIUM 640

Step 14 - To copy the photo, right click, then click on either MEDIUM 500 or MEDIUM 640
Step 14 - To copy the photo, right click, then click on either MEDIUM 500 or MEDIUM 640 | Source

Step 15 - Right click on photo, COPY, and also copy the License wording to include with photo

Step 15 - Right click on photo, COPY, and also copy the License wording to include with photo
Step 15 - Right click on photo, COPY, and also copy the License wording to include with photo | Source

Here is the information I will list with the photo:

Step 16- You can now save the photo into your computer to use with your hub or blog

Step 16- You can now save the photo into your computer to use with your hub or blog
Step 16- You can now save the photo into your computer to use with your hub or blog | Source

Step 17 - When saving the photo, list the photographer and copyright info along with what the image is

Step 17 - When saving the photo, list the photographer and copyright info along with what the image is
Step 17 - When saving the photo, list the photographer and copyright info along with what the image is | Source

That way, you will not accidentally forget who needs to get the credit for this photo and how it should be listed.

Here is the photo at last with proper Attribution

White Cow photo by Daniel Montesinos - Some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmontesi/69375722/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
White Cow photo by Daniel Montesinos - Some rights reserved http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmontesi/69375722/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ | Source

Final Words

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

Thank you, Daniel Montesinos !

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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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Debbie,

another great hub which covers everything.

An up/useful and bookmarked for this one.

Great hub and thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

I really appreciate it, Eiddwen! Like I mentioned in the hub, I learned so much about copyright laws from my father. I also took a storytelling workshop on copyright. Not that I know everything, but I am happy to share what I do understand about the topic.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is packed full of important information, DJ, and what a find! Mostly I take my own pictures but like with your white cow, sometimes those involved won't cooperate. I'll be bookmarking this hub for when I need other images on line. Your pictures and explanations were incredible. Thanks. Peg


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Peg,

Thank you so much for visiting. I'm so glad my hub was helpful. I so appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful day,

Debbie

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