Can we use Google Images on our hubs?

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  1. carol7777 profile image74
    carol7777posted 11 years ago

    Can we use Google Images on our hubs?

    I see many hubs with google images and yet I heard we are not supposed to use them.

  2. kidscrafts profile image73
    kidscraftsposted 11 years ago

    I have no clue about that one and I don't think I am using google images.  I will follow the answers to that one closely!  Thanks Carol!

  3. krbalram profile image63
    krbalramposted 11 years ago

    i am doing same in my hubs,You can use it but don't forget to give source url  from where you have got this image.

  4. kksonakiya profile image65
    kksonakiyaposted 11 years ago

    Images searched by Google Image Search aren't owned by Google in any way, so they are not exactly Google Images.
    You can see at the right sidebar, Google specifies that images are subject to copyright. When you read Google's terms and condition about using images, you'll learn that Google is not responsible for images shown by its image search and any use must be met with the discretion of uploader.
    That is to say, we must contact the owner of that image to let us use the image on our hub.
    However, there are other free image sites that allow unlimited use of images because people already upload there for public use.

  5. dailytop10 profile image86
    dailytop10posted 11 years ago

    Google doesn't own the images they display after your search. They have respective sources so there won't be a problem as long as you acknowledge them.

  6. written profile image43
    writtenposted 11 years ago

    Any copyright image without proler reference should not be used. Some images on googles image search are frede to use. When  in doubt cite it.

  7. Azure11 profile image83
    Azure11posted 11 years ago

    If you use the advanced Google image search then you can look for images that are free to reuse and are not copyrighted (I have a hub about this if you are interested).  Often there are not many that are freely available so you shouldn't use them unless they are specifically marked free for reuse.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's true, but you must still go to the website where it originally appears, double-check that it really is free, then cite the original source (i.e. not Google images).  If you read Google's instructions it says so - but most people don't read it!

  8. Victoria Lynn profile image87
    Victoria Lynnposted 11 years ago

    What kksonakiya is absolutely correct. You cannot just use Google Images without contacting the image's owner. Most of the images that show up have copyrights and are not Creative Commons photos, so you must get specific permission. It's not enough just to use the url; that doesn't give you permission to use the photo.

    I understand that there are some images that come up in Google Images, perhaps as Azure says, through the advanced search, but I haven't had much luck finding them.

    I made the mistake when I first started at HP of using Google Images, so I had to go back and replace them all. There are so many sites with Creative Commons or public domain photos to use that I steer clear of Google Images even for those that are available to use.

    1. carol7777 profile image74
      carol7777posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Other than rgb and free digital images...??? Thanks for the great response.

    2. Victoria Lynn profile image87
      Victoria Lynnposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Flickr (click on Creative Commons when you search), morguefiles,, pixabay, wikimedia, & more. Here's a link.  Check the Learning Center, too:

  9. Marisa Wright profile image85
    Marisa Wrightposted 11 years ago

    The sad fact is that most people completely misunderstand photo copyright, so most people are stealing photos left, right and centre.  Using Google Images is stealing photos.

    Personally, I can't just go along with that, even if everyone else is.  To me, it's like saying, "I'm just going to throw my litter on the street, because everyone else is doing it"

    As authors, we're upset when someone steals our creative work, so why should we think it's OK to steal photographers' creative work?  I know many photos online are casual amateur images, but many of them were taken by professionals who are trying to make a living from their work, and I think they deserve my respect.

  10. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 11 years ago

    yes, you can use google image in your hubs but remember to add in the URL or the website that own the image when you add the image capsule.

    1. Victoria Lynn profile image87
      Victoria Lynnposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That would work with Creative Commons images, but, otherwise, we still have to get specific permission from the author. That's why I stopped looking on Google Images b/c I had a hard time finding the CC ones. Do you find them easily? Thanks.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Wrong!  You must first check whether that website will give you permission to use the photo.

  11. nanderson500 profile image79
    nanderson500posted 11 years ago

    Not necessarily. Many of them are copyrighted. Google doesn't own the images. I wish we could though, there are some great Google images I have found that would have been a nice addition to my hubs.


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