Published on February 18, 2014
“I Hate Copyright” How to Find Public Domain & Creative Commons photos How to Find Public Domain & Creative Commons photos How to Find Public Domain & Creative Commons photos Larry Baker Unrestricted photo Recognized by Apple as a distinguished school for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.
Larry Baker (@labcbaker) Associate Principal, Mercy High School Apple Distinguished Educator Teaches “Technology Leadership” at Madonna University
The Bad News about Online Images .... Photos available online fall under copyright unless licensed otherwise. “Fair Use” is fairly generous in educational settings but aren’t we preparing students for beyond school? Some of us set bad examples.
The Good News . . . . Almost every time I have asked to use a copyrighted photo I have received permission. There are literally millions of photos in the public domain or licensed for non-commercial use. Used with permission
The morgueFile license *You are free to remix. *You are free to use this work for commercial purposes. *You are free to use without attribution.
Weaknesses . . . . Limited Selection Not very searchable Limited Educational Use Easy to drift into pay-for photos
Strengths . . . . Photos are completely unrestricted. The photos have high resolution Easy to download
Search . . . . Search “Eyes” Search Tip Choose “Most Downloads”
Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Wanna Work Together http://creativecommons.org/videos/wanna-work-together
Wikimedia Commons CC license *You are free to remix. *You are free to use this work for commercial purposes. *You must attribute the work
Weaknesses . . . . Favors lapsed copyright images Somewhat hit or miss Subject selection may be limited
Strengths . . . . Enormous Catalog. Varied Media. Full Metadata All licensed in Creative Commons “B-Roll video”
Search . . . . Search “Martin Luther King” Refine Search “Martin Luther King march” Both works in Public Domain
Photo by John Triffo Photo by Ben Russell Compfight http://compfight.com/ Photo by Shirley
The Compfight license *Creative Commons *Always available but conditions vary. *Often requires attribution.
Weaknesses . . . . Click here for License Click here for attribution Quality Varies Extra clicks needed for license and Photographer Clever searching required Easy to drift into copyright-protected photos
Strengths . . . . Millions of Photos Terrific variety All usable for noncommercial purposes Easy to link or download Photo by NASA
Search . . . . . “Destruction”
Now Search , “Wrecking Ball” “Wrecking Ball”
z Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ All works in Public Domain
LOC Photo License Commonly Public Domain because legal claim to copyright has expired.
Weaknesses . . . . Difficult to get quick hits. Size/resolution vary Best for historical photos “Collections” are often by behest rather than topic.
Strengths . . . . Fabulous Historical Photos Very Unrestricted Use Educator Friendly Detailed metadata Public Domain
z Flickr: The Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons
z These photos are from the National Gallery, NASA, U.S. Mint0 U.S. Government: Photos & Images http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml
“Government Work” Free to reproduce. No attribution required Free to create derivative works. Free to distribute.
Weaknesses No uniform features across agencies Searching difficult Quality & quantity vary across agencies
Strengths Largely public domain Fabulous science, art, social studies sources Some agencies like NASA organize their photos.
USA.gov Search #1 http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml History, Arts, Culture National Gallery “Winslow Homer” Public Domain
USA.gov Search #2 http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml Science and Technology NASA - Great Images “Jupiter” Government Work
USA.gov Search #3 http://www.usa.gov/Topic s/Graphics.shtml Environment,Energy, and Agriculture National Park Photos “Learn More”/ B-Roll Monuments / Mount Rushmore National Park Service
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