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Who Does It Belong To?

 Some rights reserved by Ioan Sameli

Some rights reserved by Ioan Sameli

These were the questions going through my mind as I was including images and quotes in my blog posts.

In order to get some answers one of my first stops was the Creative Commons website.  This is a great site to learn more about open sharing of work as well as about their licenses (http://creativecommons.org).

As my search for more information continued I came across a post about copyright and citing by Patrick Green on the ‘Through a Green Lens’ blog http://pgreensoup.com/finding-images-to-use-in-multi-media-projects/ which I thought I would share  –

As soon as you take a photo you own the copyright to that photo. The same is true for when you write a poem, or an essay, record a song or create a piece of art. You own the copyright to that work and no one else can use it without your permission. The same is true for images on the internet: somebody owns the copyright and you cannot use the image unless you have permission.

The other type of image that you can use are Creative Commons licensed images where the author has already given you permission to use their work. The author/or creator uses a CC license to give you this permission, however you must follow the rules they set out for you. Often all that they require is that you give them credit by name and share your work with the same license that they used.

Google’s advanced image search allows you to narrow your results to images where the author has given you permission to reuse the work in your multimedia project.

1. Go to Google – Images – Advanced Search.

2. Enter the keyword(s)

3. Set any of the parameters (I only use “photos”)

4. Set Usage Rights to “labeled for reuse with modification”

5. Click Google Search

6. Browse the search results and click on the photo of your choice. You are taken to the original page (this is the page you will use for a citation).

Once you’ve located an image, you need to do the following:

1. Verify that the licensing does allow you to use the image (usually by clicking on the license information).

2. Take down the author, title of work, website link, and CC license for citation purposes. Also, there may be information on how the author/creator wants you to attribute the work.

3. Download the photo

4. Use the photo in your multimedia project

5. Include the citation in your project.

Note: If the license required you to “share-alike” then you’ll need to license the final product when you post it on the web.

For more information, watch the video tutorial below.


So now I know!  Thank you for the great explanation and easy to follow directions.

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