Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr
How to use great images with the right credit
Creative Commons is a system that photographers can use to license photos for use by others. Flickr helps facilitate this sharing process by making it easy to find and use photos that Flickr users have licensed under Creative Commons. This is great news for Squidoo lensmasters, because it means you now have thousands of opportunities to add some bling to your lens and show off the awesome work of others.
This lens describes the six types of licenses Creative Commons supports, how to tell which type of license a Flickr photo carries, how to find great images to use, and how to properly credit the author.
Image used under Creative Commons from David_Reece.
All images you display
using a Flickr module, based on a keyword or inserted with a link, must have a Creative Commons license.
Creative Commons uses certain words to describe their licenses. You may be familiar with the common definitions, but Creative Commons uses them to mean different things as they apply to copyright law. Here are the terms they use and what they mean for these purposes:
- Copy, distribute, and transmit: for the purposes of using an image for a Squidoo lens, this means downloading the image to your computer, uploading it to a photo module, or publishing it on your lens using the direct link to the image.
- Attribution: this means giving the Flickr user credit for owning the image, and doing so in such a way that doesn't suggest they endorse your lens, topic, or content.
- Non-commercial: this means that you're not selling the image or using it to sell something. For example, you won't use it as the background of an advertisement.
- No derivative: this means you may not tweak the image (alter it in Photoshop, for example), use it in a remix (such as a slide show of images), or build upon it in any way (such as placing text in front of it to create a new image on a brochure).
How do I tell what license a photo has?
This information is available on every Flickr photo page, near the bottom of the right side-bar. (Screenshots below.)
All Rights Reserved
The All Rights Reserved copyright is actually a LACK of a Creative Commons copyright, meaning the user is choosing not to allow others to copy, use, distribute, or remix their work.
So if you see this on a Flickr photo page, this means the user is not currently allowing others to copy, distribute, or display their images. You may not edit it in any way. However, you can link to the public photo page if it's a really cool image and want people to check it out on their own.
But if you want to use one of these, you'll need to get direct permission.
Attribution No Derivatives
Attribution Share Alike
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
This is the most restrictive version of the Creative Commons licenses, but still allows you to copy, publish, and distribute the image. You cannot change it in any way, and must give the author credit.
Read the Commons Deed | View the Legal Code
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
This license allows you to copy, publish, and distribute the image for non-commercial purposes. You can also remix, tweak, and build upon the image and license the new version under the same Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share Alike license. You must credit the photographer to use this image.
This license allows you to copy, publish, and distribute the image for non-commercial purposes. You can also remix, tweak, and build upon the image, use it non-commercially, and license the new version under a different Creative Commons license if you so choose. The new license must be non-commercial. You must credit the photographer to use this image.
Creative Commons Licenses At a Glance
I have a CC but can't use my own images
Sometimes it takes a while for changes to filter through the system. We work on Flickr's API, so we can only show what Flickr gives us to work with. You can also check here for more tips on using images on your lenses.
For ALL Creative Commons licenses...
...you must give credit to the author in such a way that doesn't imply they endorse your lens, topic, or content.
How can you give credit?
With many materials that are copyrighted under Creative Commons, you should use multiple links in short credit to make sure the author is credited with a name, there is a link to the original material, and the specific Creative Commons license that applies.
However Flickr moderates some of that, so you can use a shorter version.
Unless a Flickr user has specifically stated how they want their images credited, you can use this version of a credit:
Photo used under Creative Commons from jimmiehomeschoolmom.
How can I find Creative Commons images?
Easy! Use the Flickr search at Creative Commons.
What if they ask me not to use it?
According to the Creative Commons agreement, if you properly use an image under the license, and the owner changes his or her mind, you can keep using it the way you were and the owner can't stop you. However the owner can enforce all future use under the new license.
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Isn't it great when everyone shares and shares alike?