How to Access the Creative Commons Images
There’s no doubt about it – using Creative Commons images is an excellent alternative to buying images from somewhere like Shutterstock or Fotolio.
We see so many questions asked about which images can be used freely on websites, Facebook and Pinterest and so on.
However just because you use Creative Commons images, doesn’t mean that you can use any image licensed under Creative Commons, place it on your website and think that this is all there is to it.
It’s not quite that straight forward…and before we start, a word of caution:
NB. We are not qualified in copyright law and the issues relating to copyrighted images and content. All we can do in this post is pass on what we believe to be correct way to credit Creative Commons Images.
See the 6 Different Creative Commons Licenses Here
Creative Commons has a total of 6 difference licences and each one sets out the conditions with which you must comply.
You can see the specific detail of the 6 Creative Commons Licenses by clicking on the link.
Creative Commons requires that you make it clear the terms under which you are allowed to use the image, and here is the exact wording in this regard:
Lets work through a real example:
Click on this image and you will be taken to the page location on Flickr, where you can select to search for images under the Creative Commons license.
Look to the right of the screen and you will see a section headed License, where this image states: Some Rights Reserved
Here is an image of that.
Click on the “Some rights reserved” link and it will take you to the Creative Commons License (See the detail in the image below) under which the image is licensed, and it is important that you follow the instructions set out here.
We are free :
- to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
- to make derivative works
- to make commercial use of the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution – You must give the original author credit.
(NB. You could also see: “You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work”)
So, looking at these conditions, it is OK to copy the work onto this page AND crucially, it is permitted to use the picture on a Commercial page. (Generally speaking, “commercial use” means a message intended to help sell a product, raise money or to promote something, but do check this out on the License details).
In this example there is no mention of a specific way to attribute the photographer’s work. I think common sense should prevail and it would be daft not to attribute this image back to Paul Bica’s flickr page.
So, here’s how you would correctly credit the image:
Flickr supply the html for the image and this is where you get it from
Click the Share button just above the image.
and here is the html code for this image
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/3011841060/” title=”later that day… by paul bica, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3183/3011841060_b8fa35222b.jpg” width=”500″ height=”375″ alt=”later that day…”></a>
To credit the image properly you can add more wording and we’ve put our own wording and links in red so that they can be easily seen
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/3011841060/” title=”later that day… by paul bica, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3183/3011841060_b8fa35222b.jpg” width=”500″ height=”375″ alt=”later that day…”/>Paul Bica on flickr</a>and reproduced under <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en”>Creative Commons 2.0 </a>