I'm very confused. I learned on the forum that I could use the google images tool to filter for art that was free to use. When I use the filter, pictures from "deviantart" come up frequently. When I go to the page, I don't see anything except a copyright notice. However, when I click on "download," I don't see any information about buying the image. But, I don't see any CC information either. Is this art free for use on HubPpages?
What you "learned" couldn't be more wrong. Deviantart images are original art works created by the site members, and using those images would be a shortcut to legal complaints.
If you look at the Google search results, they DON'T guarantee the results are free to use. It says something like "this image may be subject to copyright". So it's up to you to check each image to make sure it's OK to use.
In the case of DeviantArt, it's not OK. They are usually copyright images - a least all the ones I've ever looked at, are!
The rule with photos is simple. ALL IMAGES ARE AUTOMATICALLY COPYRIGHT, unless you can find a statement somewhere that says otherwise. So the absence of a licence doesn't mean it's free to use - it's the opposite!
Pictures from Deviantart are not free to use. I have also found that the Google images search filter finds photos that are not free to use despite Google saying that it is free to use commercially. It is much better to find public domain photos as you do not have to worry about attribution or copyright legalities. I showed how to use Google to search Wikipedia and other sites in a very recent hub. In that hub you will see what search terms you can use for all 22 HubPages categories to find a variety of public domain photos. You will find many, many examples of public domain pictures that you can use for various categories. The search terms given there are far more reliable than the said filter.
There are some of us on Deviantart who do not mind their work being used as long as it is attributed properly with a link back to the original. Your best choice is to message the creator and ask for their permission. We are a friendly bunch.
The art work on Deviantart is CC normally and when a deviant as we are known uploads an image we are asked what copyright we want on it. Like I said be safe and just ask. You may well be surprised.
I agree with Brutishspoon. Some DeviantArt members may be happy to share their work, while others may not want to. Some sell the rights to use their work, and sell prints and posters, etc., and so would be upset if their work was stolen, while others might be flattered that you want to use their creation and would happily give you permission.
Also, check the artist's profile. Sometimes an artist will post on their profile whether their art is free to use, or whether it may not be used without authorization. If you can't find a statement on their profile, contact the artist and ask.
As Brutishspoon also already stated, if you have permission to use a piece, be sure to give the artist credit and a link back to their profile.
The few times I have gotten permission from artists or photographers, I get it in writing, usually an email, and have a folder for such permissions being granted. This protects you further down the line.
Yes, I have sometimes asked for permission elsehere and gotten it via email. I saved the emails. I suppose that is the best thing to do to be safe. However, my question was weather or not deviant art needed specific permission. IfI go to Istock, it is clear what is free and what requires payment. (If it is not free, you see a price list when you try to download.) At deviant art it is not clear. I poked around the HP forum and noticed some of the hubbers are members of deviant art. I was hoping one of them could clarify.
An advanced search on Google images "free to use, even commercially" will yield pictures that can be used. Specifically for Deviantart you will see on the right hand side of the author's page and towards the bottom the CC symbol and next to it you will see the type of license. Click on it and it takes you to the license and you can judge how the author wants to release the rights/use of the work.
It is safe to assume that if you do not see the CC symbol, it is probably (very likely) that it cannot be used without the author's permission.
Also do not assume that because the search was done in Google's advanced/ free to use even commercially the pictures are really free to use. You really need to see the CC terms.
Why is this so? Because others may take originals and use them on their blogs etc. The original may not be free to use but the blog's material may; the blog author may have permission, have bought the rights etc. Thus the risk of getting confused and using a picture/work that was not free to use in the first place.
The licenses usually carry letters which tells you the type of release;
BY=attribution (you must provide the name of the author/owner)
SA=share alike (you must do whatever the license says, even if you alter the work)
NC= non commercial (cannot be used in a commercial venue i.e like HubPages if you allow adds)
ND=non derivative (the work cannot be altered)
Do not worry about the numbers; 3.1, 3.0 and so on.
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