What is this? If you didn’t take the photo, then someone else did. Some photographers get paid money for taking images to use in newspapers, so often online newspapers copyright their images. This means you would have to pay money or have the photographer’s permission to use that photo on your blog.
Why? Your blog is in the public domain and is available for anyone to see. You are not allowed to put copyright images on your blog without the permission of the owner. This means you need to find images that are creative commons instead.
What is that? Watch this YouTube video about sharing your work and creative commons.
Teachers: A fantastic guide to copyright, fair use and creative commons has been written by Ronnie Burt and I would suggest you read this to understand more about using images, music and video on your blogs. Larry Ferlazzo also has a great “Best List for images” that you might want to check out as well.
Below is a list of websites that have creative commons images. Remember attribution doesn’t include a URL beginning with http://images.google.com/ or some other search engine.
Attribution is the URL of the original image.
- Wikimedia commons – check how you can search for an image, sound, video
- Compfight – check out their FAQ
- Behold – another way to search from Flickr
1. Write a post about your Spring break or Easter holiday. Include at least one image that is creative commons. Include the attribution at the bottom of the post. Here is a post to show you how to insert an image.
2. Do you think you should have a creative commons license for your blog? Why or why not? Is your audience mainly students in your class and/or the blogging challenge or have you had readers that are teachers and/or visitors you don’t know?
- Why should we use images? How do images improve your blog? This is the first post
- How do you add images to your blog?
- Where do you get your images?
- How do you add the attribution?