Just wondering, is it necessary to mention source link while using photos from search engines. And, if I do will it be beneficial for my hub or not?
If you're using images from Google, you're probably breaking copyright law, whether you mention the source link or not.
The law on images is very, very simple. All photos are copyright unless there's a statement giving permission to use it. That statement will say something like "creative commons licensed' or "some rights reserved" or "public domain". (note, "all rights reserved" or "copyright" means you can't use the photo under any circumstances).
To find images on Google, you must use the Advanced search, look for the "usage rights" section and select "free to use or share, even commercially" (because HubPages counts as commercial). That will give you a selection of photos you may be able to use - but even then, you must go to the original source of the image and check what it says, because Google sometimes gets it wrong. And you will usually have to link to the original source of the image.
But Marisa what about those wikimedia images? Can I use them for my hubs in case I do not find relevant images?
Wikimedia is public domain. If you're searching Wikimedia then you can use the images, but you should still probably credit them. It could help your hub in Google, by the way, because it's better for people to click through to another page than leave your page by closing the tab.
You might be interested in this site - http://search.creativecommons.org/# - it allows you to search for images that are under a Creative Commons licence. You want ones that are okay for commercial use.
Thx Cecilia for the link, it really helped me, would keep things in mind the next time I am posting or revamping my hubs
Wikimedia is not all public domain. Most of its images are provided under a licence of some kind, most of which demand you include a credit.
As Marisa says, Wikimedia is NOT public domain. In general I find that US govt. photos are (they always are), old photos where the copyright has expired are (they always are as well), and a few from foreign governments are (varies by country).
Nearly everything else carries a license agreement, most of which requires crediting the owner and many of which prohibit any changes. The majority are not in the public domain.
You know I've literally never come across a Creative Commons Wikimedia image (I assume because of the areas I'm looking in) and I actually had to go and look for one. I assumed they were a tiny minority of the resources there until I poked through aimlessly and came across a few that way.
I think you're right in that it depends on what you're looking for. I generally have to look hard for a public domain pic there that I can change with some text put into the photo. For me the public domain ones are maybe 10% of what I see. I'm learning what to look for (old photos, NASA, military, etc.) but they are definitely a minority.
Interesting that you find it the opposite.
I guess because I'm usually looking for either images of old paintings/artworks in general, or pictures of space. Which obviously are both going to largely be public domain.
It doesn't even really occur to me to go there for things that wouldn't be. I head straight for Flickr. This thread has opened up a whole new source of images for me!
So, can we use images displayed on Flickr without any hassles?
No, you can find the copyright information on Flickr. Some are unusable, most say they require attribution and are useable. So you can use the image but you have to link to their flickr page.
Only the ones you find by doing the Advanced Search and selecting "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" AND "Find content to use commercially". Even then, you must provide a link to the photographer.
Oh, no, and I hadn't intended to imply that. Just that I know if I need a certain kind of image it'll be nearly impossible to find in the public domain so I don't even try.
They work exactly the same. Scroll down below the image and you'll see a detailed statement, telling you what you can and can't do with the image, and who you need to credit.
Images aren't actually 'from Google'. They're displayed by Google, but they don't belong to them. You need to go to the original source of the image, determine whether the owner will allow you to use it, and then credit them as necessary.
I appreciate your attention to legally use and attribute the images in your Hub! We have created a fairly extensive Learning Center Hub on how to use images properly online. You might want to check it out.
More on U.S. government photos: Any photo taken by a U.S. government employee (including the military), during the course of that person's official duties, is automatically in the Public Domain, even if it was taken today. You can often find pictures of celebrities, general family photos, health and medical photos and famous places around the world in the online collection:
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