Found a short-list of what pictures are good for use…. It’s pretty simple:
- Snapping your own photos
- Using public domain images
- Properly attributing creative commons works
- Taking advantage of the concept of “Fair Use”
- Purchasing a license for stock photos
Obviously taking your own photos is pretty simple as far as usage.
Found this as quite a good source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
This is a pretty good page with HEAPS of links to public domain images: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources
Creative Commons (CC) is an American non-profit organisation devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.
Here is a good place for searching for CC images.
When using Creative Commons images, it is required that they be properly attributed. The following information is important to provide:
- Credit the creator;
- Provide the title of the work;
- Provide the URL where the work is hosted;
- Indicate the type of licence it is available under and provide a link to the licence (so others can find out the licence terms); and
- Keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work.
This could seem like a lot of information to pack in, but one good way to do it is through the “Alt Text” that appear when a viewer holds their cursor over the image. Or you can simply provide a link to the photo’s Flickr page, as this gives access to all the relevant information.
Use of “Fair Use”
Fair use is a legal concept that allows the reproduction of copyrighted material for certain purposes without obtaining permission and without paying a fee or royalty. Purposes permitting the application of fair use generally include review, news reporting, teaching, or scholarly research.
Thinking in particular with my use on my political website, I could take advantage of this “fair use” concept in my use of material from sites that I oppose the view of, by way of reviewing and countering their content.
Purchasing a License for Stock Photos
There are many sites that provide “stock images” that can be purchased.