Is it enough to mention the name of website when displaying or using a picture from any other website?
Does it fulfill all legal responsibilites?
Can I use photos from any website on net?
The short answer to your questions is 'NO'. It MAY not be enough to only mention the name of a website when displaying or using a picture from that website.
In the day of the digital camera I think it is best to try and take as many of your own pictures as possible. Just take a digital camera around with you and take pictures of things you see. For instance, yesterday I saw a beautiful French pumpkin and I decided to take a picture of it because I know I can use this for something in the future. Taking your own pictures means you do not have to do any research or ask permission, which is a bonus . Also, in my experience it is easier to write about pictures I took myself because as it is a sense of inspiration for my writing.
I'm trying to take more of my own pictures. But I do a lot of historical Hubs, and some of those folks haven't given a photo op in 75-100 years!
Rather than wait for them to ... ahh ... revive their public careers, I use Library of Congress photos or Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia Commons has images from the Victorian Era to Right Now. CAUTION: Rights do differ among the photos. To make sure your chosen photo is OK to use as you wish, click to make the photo full size. Rights info will appear near the bottom of the page.
Here's another resource for photographs:
It's a community too, so you're encouraged to add your own photos to the reservoir (be warned - they're huge so pretty choosy by now - I only got about half of my submissions accepted).
I search for stock photos all the time. I use Everystockphoto.com regularly. They display photos from StockXChange, Flickr, Morguefile and others. But before using these photos, always track them back to the original site where they are posted. Then check the rights the poster of the image has allowed. Though StockXChange, Flickr and others will display many photos, not all of them are for free use. Of course, always credit the photographer as completely as you can.
As stated by others, Wikimedia Commons is also great for public domain photos. A tip: when you find one image that you like on Wikimedia, click on the contributor's gallery. There could be many more that you might like to use for future projects. I found a great source for public domain anatomical drawings this way.
For public domain government photos of all sorts, you can go straight to Library of Congress on Flickr.
Also, search Google images using the terms "public domain" plus the subject you're seeking. Once again, be sure to track the photo back to its source.
Another thing, even when the image is offered for use free of charge, be careful about displaying candid photos of people. They have not necessarily agreed to have their pictures displayed.
It is interesting to see that some people are sensitive to this-- others don't understand why they should be. I know a couple of photographers who will willingly share-- and I always credit them.
Otherwise, I use confirmed public domain images-- or I make my own from scanning actual objects, using my iMac photobooth, or even using my own sketches or drawings.
I also think adding the Amazon capsules adds graphic interest in some cases.
Even finding a way to break up your text with italics and bold face helps the look of your hubs.
Good point, Margaret, about photos which may not have personal releases-- especially for children photos,
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