About Using Creative Commons Images Keeping it legal

To make sure that your use of images is legal, there are a couple of things you need to know. Please note that the instructions are based on a search of images using Flickr using the Creative Commons search page.

One: Before you search you will need to select from the following options:

  • use for commercial purposes
  • modify, adapt, or build upon.

Selecting either or both of these refine the search so that the results on show those which fit these criteria. If you are simply using the image as it is (no cropping or any other form of editing) and are not planning on making money from any item in which you use the image, then you won't need to check either of these boxes.

Two: When you have selected your image you need to find out what license it has. To do this, click on "some rights reserved" on the bottom right hand side of the screen.

You will now be on a webpage that looks like the following. From the banner, you need to note down the CC-BY and what ever follows it. So from this example CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 would be noted down. This describes the license for the image and thus how it can be used. An explanation of what the specific license shown means, is included further down the page under the heading "Under the following terms".

When using an image, you need to acknowledge the title, creator, the web address where you retrieved it from, and the licence. The following example shows what this might look like. Of course if you have hyperlinking capability then you can hyperlink to the web source rather than listing it.

Example: Flower by Raffaele Camardella is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/raffacama/)

Please note that the author has taken all care in attempting to ensure that this information was accurate at the time of writing, however please note that licensing rights may be changed and that the way in which to use Creative Commons images may also change. It is the users responsibility to ensure appropriate use. The author of this page takes no responsibility for inappropriate use of Creative Commons material.

Created with images by Kalexanderson - "Creative Commons"

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