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January 15, 2014

Quickly Find Creative Commons Images Using Google

Now you no longer have to open the advanced search page to restrict the Google Image Search results to Creative Commons pics or public domain images. Just click "search tools" below the search box, then click "usage rights" and pick one of the options: "labeled for reuse", "labeled for commercial reuse", "labeled for reuse with modification" or "labeled for commercial reuse with modification". You'll find many pictures from Flickr and Wikipedia.

Visit the page, find the license and make sure it's right for you. You should always link to the page, mention the author and the source. "Before reusing content that you've found, you should verify that its license is legitimate and check the exact terms of reuse stated in the license. For example, most licenses require that you give credit to the image creator when reusing an image. Google has no way of knowing whether the license is legitimate, so we aren't making any representation that the content is actually or lawfully licensed," informs Google.

Google should replace the message "Images may be subject to copyright" with the Creative Commons license.

{ via Search Engine Land }

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