Recently on #features I have noticed that many photos submitted are not owned by the submitter. Thankfully this was reduced by this post:
However, I feel that this post has given the wrong message: “as long as you credit the source, everything is fine”. This however is not the right message. Take this photo for example, you will notice that on flickr it clearly states “All rights reserved”. If you see this, you may link to it, but you can not copy and paste it, modify it, or otherwise do anything except look at it. Although it may be kind of an elaboration, copy-pasting photos is the internet equivalent of theft. If you can not find a license that goes directly along with the photo, assume the owner reserves all rights and find a different one. Thankfully finding a different photo isn’t all that hard. On images.google.com you may notice that there is a “Usage Rights” drop-down bar. For the forums, you will probably want to select “Labeled for Noncommercial Reuse with Modification”. This will give you a whole bunch of images that you can use! (As long as you follow the license terms). If you read this, thanks, I hope you learned something about intellectual rights. I know some other forum members have posted on feature requests about having sources provided so I hoped to try and sum it all up in one post. I’d love to hear some feedback on the matter. Here is a short tutorial about internet rights.
Finding an Image for the forums:
As @antek said:[quote=“antek, post:2, topic:93923”]
by default, everything is protected and all rights are reserved by the copyright laws
This is usually true, and means that if you took the picture, you can do anything you want with it. As far as finding pictures there are a variety of ways. Some common ones are listed bellow.
- Google Images - Select the appropriate license under the “Usage rights” dropdown tab.
- wikimedia Commons Just search an image and follow the attached license.
- Creative Commons Search - Use the search function to return a variety of results licensed under a CC license.