Saturday, July 21, 2012

Are your images legal? Important! Links and more.


Bloggers, if you haven't read this post by Roni Loren yet, you need to right now:  Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story


Now, most of us can say we've been guilty of posting images on our blogs that we were aware we're copyrighted.  (Hello, can you say my IAN?!) Since reading this, I have scrubbed my blog clean of many images, not wanting to suffer the same consequences.

There is hope, though, and still a way to keep our blogs looking pretty and eye-catching.  I've done some searching this morning for links on where to legally obtain images with Common Creative licenses, most of which only require attribution (credit) to the photographer.

As always, you should make sure you've read the licenses yourself, to be sure you are allowed to use this image, and I've even included a link at the bottom of this post that has a quick and easy breakdown on what these licenses mean for you. 

Places to obtain free stock images:

http://www.stockfreeimages.com/

http://www.sxc.hu/

http://www.everystockphoto.com/

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Public Domain Photos:

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/

http://www.burningwell.org/

http://www.public-domain-image.com/

http://www.photos-public-domain.com/

http://public-domain-photos.com/


http://freeartisticphotos.com/


Want fun glitters?  Try: http://www.glittergraphicsite.com/

Meta-Search:

Bad Neighborhood has a great meta search option which will search for CC images from many of the stock sites I listed above.  (You'll still want to read the licenses)


On Licenses:


As for licenses, I know many of our eyes roll into our head trying figure out what these licenses mean for us as bloggers.   


In general, you want a straight attribution license, but what does that mean?

© Vasilkova | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photo

Famous Bloggers has a breakdown on the type of Creative Commons license information on this page that many of you will find helpful:  http://www.famousbloggers.net/find-free-stunning-images-blog.html


Hope this helps everyone and keeps us out of trouble!

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to find these Jaycee! I have worried about this. When I did my trailer, some people noticed the people in it didn't look much like the characters in the book...that's because they were my husband's cousins and wouldn't sue us for copyright for using their pic!

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    1. Clever! And probably a good idea! Thanks!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. There's so much I admit I don't understand. I've always made sure to credit back to the source but hey, if that isn't enough, I suppose I better be extra super careful.

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    1. I thought credit was enough, too. Thanks!

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  3. I would add Wikimedia Commons as an additional source, as well as a great place to upload your own photos for others to use if you choose.

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  4. I did see Roni's post yesterday. I don't use images other than my own or those blog hop images or awards that they allow you to use. I think this is a really great reminder though, not even to be tempted once without checking!

    Great post!

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  5. Does this apply to lolcats pictures? I'm not sure, since their logo is always on the picture. If I use a photo without a logo, I always credit the person who did the photo and link to their site.

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  6. Thanks for the info! I don't use photos very often on my blog, but it's good to know there are some places we can get them that won't get us in trouble!

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  7. Yikes! I read her post and yours, now I'm off to scrub my blog clean of any/all images that are not mine. Thanks for the heads up Jaycee, and for posting all of these alternative sources for images!

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  8. Oh- I have another quick question for you, what about posting music or things from U-tube? Is that a problem too?

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  9. In Google Chrome you can do an advanced image search - go to Images, search for something, then you'll see a gear over to the right. Click on it and it will give you the option for an advanced search. From there you can choose in the last box the type of usage rights you want. That way you only get Google options for free images.

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  10. This is why I try to only use images I've taken or made. That way, I've only got myself.

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  11. I just posted a warning post like this, too. I had to go through all of my posts over the last few years just to be sure I didn't use anyone's images. Luckily, I haven't.

    Scary thought though.

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    1. I only found 6 that were worrisome, most of them old, but I wasn't taking chances.

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  12. thanks for that. i use images from my powerpoint. since i paid for that, i hope i'm good!

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  13. I just went through my old posts and deleted a lot of them. It's scary that something like this could happen. I am so grateful that Roni (and now you) have shared this with others!

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  14. Im going to make a definite effort to make the switch, thanks for the links

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