I have seen various hubs that use images other than their own, CC licensed, or public domain. They are very pretty and they get to use the exact image to get their point across. When I first joined hubpages, I read that part of making a quality hub was to properly attribute images. Does just copy and pasting the URL allow you to use whatever image you want? I was under the impression that it was not sufficient, yet I see articles that use all images I have seen on pinterest or google. I am just wondering if I should give in and do the same. There are many images I would like to use to get my point across but I would like to stick to the rules.
"Moore and Bridges Lebowskifest" by Joe Poletta (user "vidmon" on Flickr) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vidmon/6053850132/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File … kifest.jpg
I use my own images most of the time. When I use someone else's, I use proper attribution and make certain that permissison is clear.
There are a few sites which share their collection of images free of charge. The only one I can think of right now is Pixabay.com
Another is Morgue Files. Wikipedia has a lot of them also. Just be sure to attribute everyone of them like you have been doing and be sure that you are allowed to use them.
The one place that people are confused about is Google Images. You are not allowed to use those without the permission of the website owner or it is mentioned at the site that you can.
There will always be people who use any image they choose for their web pages and hubs, but many of us try to stick to the rules. I think I'll keep attributing images I use. :-)
Here's a link to the learning centre, which has the image guidelines.
Basically, unless permission is expressly given with a CC license (attribution required) or an image is noted as being in the public domain (no attribution required), then it's copyright protected and may not legally be used without consent from the copyright holder. Simply citing and linking to the source is not sufficient without the permission granted.
Sometimes people purchase stock images for their articles, which don't require attribution, but far too often people just take whatever they want to use and think that's OK. Or know it's not and do it anyway.
Pictures I use are often my own or that of my family and friends and I do the necessary attribution and I do ask their permission. Some sites do specify the attribution they require like for pictures of Churchill and Frankl Iused in one of my hubs which I copied from Wikimedia Commons. I checked some sites before but they are not clear about attribution so you need to contact the owners of these pictures and get permission. I have seen my pictures copied with no attribution at all. I can only speak for myself.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to answer this. I will definitely check out those sites and keep sticking to the rules. It is just upsetting to see that there are hubs out there that use whatever image they want and end up getting lots of attention. At least I will be at ease about mine.
Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons, MorgueFile and Flickr Creative Commons are sites I use.
Also, if you go to the bolt at the upper right hand side of the Google search engine screen and click on it, then click on Advanced Search, it will take you to a screen where you can search specifically for images you are free to use. There's a box and if you click on it, it will bring down a drop-down where you can choose "free to use even commercially". Something along those lines.
I'd just double check the images that come up and make sure they show something about license--public domain, some rights reserved, etc.
Also, if you go to Flickr, hover over "explore" and click on The Commons; next screen click on Advanced Search; next screen click the box that says "only search within Creative Commons-license content; you fill in what you're searching for too and search.
It is allowed to use image from public domain, but ensure to reference the source.
This is a very good question and some great answers here. You should keep following the rules then it will be one less thing for you to worry about when you are writing your great hubs!
I have always accredited my images. I use freedigitalphotos for all of my hubs.
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