Finding and Crediting Copyright-Friendly Images for Presentations and Publications
2500 Creative Commons Licenses (http://www.flickr.com/photos/qthomasbower/3640362081/in/photostream/ ) /
QThomas Bower (http://www.flickr.com/photos/qthomasbower/ ) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Amanda Pape – 7 November 2014
This presentation may be used (subject to limits of individual images and slides) under a Creative
Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license. Please
attribute to Amanda Pape
Every day we
from the internet
Image: Are you ready??? by ssh available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssh/12638218/
used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 licence /(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ )
Mighty Kids Meal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54149575@N00/6882159 ) / Mark Payne (http://www.flickr.com/photos/markpayne/ ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ )
Man of Steel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36521965978@N01/9484440 ) / B. Baltimore Brown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbaltimore/ ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/ )
thou shalt not... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/97676798@N00/421747228 ) / Scott (http://www.flickr.com/photos/saintbridge/ ) / CC BY-NC 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/ )
Carpeted Commons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/glutnix/2079709803/in/pool-ccswagcontest07 ) / Brett Taylor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/glutnix/ ) / CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ )
that you can
my CC stickers have arrived!!! by laihiu available at
under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license
Components of Creative Commons Licenses
Source: http://resourcelinkbce.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/creative-commons-a-virtual-treasure-chest-of-content/ licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia Licence.
Note that ALL 6 licenses require attribution – more on that in a bit.
Using flickrCC: 1. Enter your search term
Use single words to begin with
Narrow the search by adding more terms
Leave 'For editing' checked to allow cropping, etc.
Select 'Commercial' if you're going to sell the image
or use it for advertising copy (even for non-profits!)
Using flickrCC: 2. Click on a thumbnail
Choose a thumbnail and
click on it.
This will load the
attribution in the next
If you don’t like any of the
thumbnails, load 30 new
images using the 'next 30'
link at the bottom of the
Using flickrCC: 3. Select your image size
You can click on the image
title to see the original on
The links below the image
load different sizes into the
Note that the photographer
may not allow original or
large images to be used.
Using flickrCC: 4. Edit the image (optional)
If you left 'For editing' selected when you started the search you can
now click on the 'Edit' link to open Aviary, an online image editor...
Using flickrCC: 5. Save your image
Right click on the image
Select 'Save Image As' from
the pop up menu (actual
words may vary depending on
the browser used)
Name the file
Remember where you saved
Using flickrCC: 6. Copy the attribution text
Select the attribution text (left click and drag over the text).
Right click the selection and choose 'Copy' from the pop up menu.
NOTE: This attribution is incomplete – it is missing the author and the CC
license – but it is better than no attribution at all.
Using flickrCC: 7. Add the image to
your document and add the
Image: 'Erath County: No. 1 Dairy County In Texas'
Found on flickrcc.net
Image Attribution : Creativecommons.org by Andrew* - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nez/299989580 - CC BY SA 2.0
All CC licenses require attribution
• Credit the author, licensor and/or other parties
(such as a wiki or journal) in the manner they
specify (if they do so).
• Sometimes you can find their preferred
attribution with the image, or on a profile page.
• If no specific attribution is given, then…
According to Creative Commons you need to:
1) keep intact any copyright notices for the work
2) Cite the work's title or name, if such a thing
exists. Link the name or title directly to the
original work, or provide the URL to the source.
3) Cite the author's name, screen name, user
identification, etc. It is nice to link or provide URL
to the person's profile page, if such a page exists.
According to Creative Commons you need to:
4) Cite the specific CC license the work is under,
and link to or provide the URL for the specific CC
5) If you are making a derivative work, you also
need to identify that your work is an adaptation.
For example, “This is an adaptation of [title of
original work] by [original author] from [source
URL], [CC license and link/URL]”
Credit thetitle, the artist, thesource, the CC
to each of
Pro Nikon Photographer at Morro
Rock 04 Dec 2007 / Mike Baird /
CC BY 2.0
Pro Nikon Photographer at Morro Rock 04 Dec 2007 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/2087094553) / Mike Baird
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/) / CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ )
Some images come with “no known copyright restrictions.”
Add the URL and follow the instructions of the image library.
Interior, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Houston, Texas, postmarked June 5, 1911
Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries [Public domain] via University of Houston Digital Library
When you click Download, a window
pops up that looks like this:
The attribution provided is not quite complete
(missing the title and link to author), but it’s a start.
Check the HTML box if embedding in a website.
When you click Use this file on the web,
you can get code that you can actually
embed on many websites.
You can also adjust the width of the image with the drop-down box.
Once you’ve installed it in Chrome, an icon
that looks like this should appear on pages
with Creative Commons licensed material
(works with Flickr & Wikipedia pages):
When the Icon
appears on a page,
click on it, then click
You can choose
either the Basic
Attribution or the
RDFa format. I
take the Basic
format and tweak
it for my needs.
• Slides 2, 19, 20: modified from “Creative Commons in the Classroom,” by Jessica Coates of Creative Commons
Australia, found at http://www.slideshare.net/Jessicacoates/creative-commons-in-the-classroom-presentation /
CC BY-NC 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ )
• Slides 3-10, 23: from “Creative Commons - What, How, Why,” by Ivan Chew , found at
http://www.slideshare.net/ramblinglibrarian/creative-commons-what-how-why / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5
• Slides 11, 13-16: modified from “Creative Commons in our Schools,” by Mark Woolley, found at
http://www.slideshare.net/markwoolley/creative-commons-in-our-schools / CC BY-NC 2.5
• Slide 18: modified from “Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know,” by Rodd Lucier , found at
/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ )
• Slide 22: modified from “The OER 101 Workshop at USM II,” by Zaid Alsagoff , found at
http://www.slideshare.net/zaid/the-oer-101-workshop-at-usm-ii / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5
• Slides 29-36: modified from “Using flickrCC.net to find free, Creative Commons licensed images,” by Peter
Shanks, found at http://www.slideshare.net/botheredbybees/using-flickrccnet-to-find-free-creative-commons-licensed-
images / CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ )
• Slides 37, 41, 42: modified from “Creative Commons Attribution” by elisabeth abarbanel, found at
http://www.slideshare.net/eabarbanel/creative-commons-attribution-3228503 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.5
• Slide 46: modified from work found at http://openattribute.com/first-run-firefox / / Open Attribute
(http://openattribute.com/ ) / CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
About Creative Commons
Search tools - articles with good info
Even more info
• Comic by Creative Commons about using creative works:
• Series of tutorials (see playlist) on using Creative Commons:
• http://creativecommons.org.au/content/attributingccmaterials.pdf - GREAT!
• How to correctly attribute Creative Commons images found on Flickr:
Resources needing more research
• http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/ (use advanced search)
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First off – I am not a lawyer, therefore, I am not an expert on copyright or what happens to you if you violate copyright.My sister is a lawyer - No, not that one, the other one. Even she would tell you, though: the best rule of thumb is simply not to use photos you just find online.
Example: Dick Smith Library in YouTube
Example: mission san jose san antonio texas
Example: Smilgiai, Lithuania
How do we add the CC attributions? See the attribution at the bottom? Title of picture, author, link to picture, CC license. Part of CC is attributing how the artist instructs you to attribute.
Not everyone puts in the details. Sometimes that distracts from the slide, so putting it at the end is more appropriate. You don’t have to make the links live in a Powerpoint.
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