If you are a blogger, you would know how hard it is sometimes to find a picture that matches or explains the thing that you are writing about. Well different Image search engines like Google Image Search, Yahoo Image search & Bing Image Search has so far made it easy to find images, however you really should make sure that you don’t use images without the permission of its original owner, and sometimes its just not possible to afford the licensing fees for professional photographers.
And that’s where Creative Commons license kicks in. Creative Commons licenses allow an individual or an artist to specify the ways others may use their work (e.g. photos). Artists can license their images for general reuse, or for noncommercial reuse only. They can also decide whether or not to grant people the right to modify or remix their images. Once they’ve chosen to make their work available online under these terms. So basically images that are licensed under Creative Commons can be used freely without any issues as long as you abide by the appropriate licensing policy/requirements.
How To Find Creative Commons Images
Official Google blog just reported that they have added in a neat filter in Google Image Search that allows you to particularly search for images under the creative commons license.
To enable this feature, simply go to the advanced image search page in Google Image Search. Under the “Usage rights” section, you can select the type of license you’d like to search for, such as those marked for reuse or even for commercial reuse with modification. Your results will be restricted to images marked with CC or other licenses. Once you confirm the license of the image and you have to make sure that your use will comply with the terms of the license (such as proper attribution to the image’s owner) etc.
This feature is currently being rolled out to everyone, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it just yet.