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Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Mar 01, 2010 11:33


Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr

Are you looking for an image to go with a PowerPoint Presentation, a handout, a Web page, or a blog post? Thanks to photo-sharing sites like Flickr task of creating large image galleries has now been crowd-sourced. On Flickr, many people upload and share their photos and then choose what rights they wish to retain for their work. Some of these people may decide that sharing and exposure of their work is more important than monetary gain. You benefit by being searching Flickr for these images, using them in your work, and crediting the original creator. The creator benefits by having his or her work seen by more people.

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Searching Flickr for Creative Commons Images

  1. Go to http://www.flickr.com/
  2. Enter search terms into the textbox and click the Search button.  Thumbails of all images that meet your search criteria appear, including those with more restrictive copyrights.
  3. Click the Advanced Search link.  The Advanced Search page will appear.
  4. Under the creative commons section, make the following selections:
    1. Check Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.
    2. If you are using the images in a for-profit project, check Find content to use commercially. (If unsure, check this just to be safe.)
    3. If you plan on cropping, editing, retouching, or modifying the images in any way, check Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon. (If unsure, check this just to be safe.)
  5. Click the Search button.  Thumbails of all images that meet your search criteria and are licensed for sharing appear.
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    If you plan on searching for images with these search terms again, add this search page to your bookmarks so that you do no have to recreate it again.

  6. Select the image you wish to include in your work and click on the thumbnail.
  7. Verify the licensing of the image:
    1. Find the Addtional Information section on the righthand side.
    2. Open the Some rights reserved link in a new tab to view the specific details regarding the licensing of the image.
  8. Copy the following information into a document so that you can credit the author:
    1. The URL of the current page.
    2. The title of the image, if given.  (It will appear in a large heading just above the image.)
    3. The creator of the image.  (It will appear as Uploaded on date by creatorusername in the upper-righthand corner.)
  9. Click on the All Sizes link.  The Available Sizes page for the image will appear.
  10. Select a image size and click on its link to download it.
  11. When using the image do not forget to credit its creator. Example: Photo Credit: Title, by Creator (URL), as in Photo Credit: The circle (of laptops) is complete. We are those guys. #eduweb by opacity (http://www.flickr.com/photos/opacity/3742796009/in/set-72157621760200034/)

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Advice for Using Images from Flickr

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