easy way to find eye-catching images…

As we all know, it’s important to avoid infringing on copyrighted material.  So, how can you find excellent quality images to use in presentations or on blogs without having to pay expensive royalty fees to use licensed material?  The simple answer is to use the Creative Commons on Flickr.   There are literally millions of excellent photos that have various types of creative common licenses that allow you to use them without having to spend money or sacrifice quality!!

How does creative commons work on flickr?

There are several different types of licenses to choose from, you should search for a photo with the license that best fits how you will be using it.  Here is a brief description of the different types:creative commons flickr2

cc_icon_attributionAttribution: Others can copy/distribute/display/perform copyrighted and derivative works based upon it but only if credit is given.
cc_icon_noncommNoncommercial: Others can copy/distribute/display/perform copyrighted and derivative works but for noncommercial purposes only

cc_icon_noderivsNo Derivative Works: Others can copy/distribute/display/perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based upon it.

cc_icon_sharealikeShare alike: Others can distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the work.

If you’d like to see more information about the various licenses and how they work on Flickr, check out this blog entry “Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images“.

If you have not signed up for an account, and plan on using Flickr images in the future, it might be worth it for you to take a minute or two to create a free yahoo account (Flickr’s parent company).  One of the many reasons why you would want to have your own Flickr account is because you can conveniently keep track of images that you would like to use.  When I am searching for images on Flickr I quite often find other photos that I would like to bookmark for later– since I have an account I can do this quite easily by marking it as a “favorite”.  Take a look at the Newbie’s Guide to Flickr for the basics of uploading photos on Flickr or view a presentation that includes a step by step guide to signing up for a free account.

If you’ve already signed up for an account or would like to see what else you can do with Flickr, check out Mashable’s FLICKR TOOLBOX: 100+ Tools For Flickr Addicts or Digital Inspiration’s Flickr Guide for some great ideas.

Photo Credit
Creative Commons:  flickr by technovore via Flickr
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Additional Links of Interest:

100 Amazing Flickr Collections for Architecture Buffs
Step by step instructions on downloading Creative Commons images on flickr
10 Ways to Find Great Photos on Flickr
Teaching with Flickr Wiki

Some Useful Sets and Collections on Flickr:
Brooklyn Museum
Library of Congress
New York Public Library
Powerhouse Museum

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