"How to Find Google Images that You CAN Use in Your Websites" has been by far my most widely liked and well received training so far. But if you happened to miss that training, you can go to http://tinyurl.com/ooblyzu to read up and catch up, so this training will have more relevance for you.

In short, there are images on Google (as well as Yahoo and Bing) that are there for people to be able use, either for re-use in their own blogs/websites, and/or for commercial purposes, and/or for modification/alteration and re-use.

The "Usage Rights" classifications are as follows:

  • Not filtered by license
  • Labeled for reuse with modification
  • Labeled for reuse
  • Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification
  • Labeled for commercial reuse

The classifications are pretty much self-explanatory, and, except for the first one, the images are usable by anyone who adheres to the stipulations of the category.

However, over the past couple months since I published the training, several people have commented, posting their concerns over possible licensing and copyright infringements, and attributions that may be required - in spite of, on "the surface", the seeming freely-given usage of these images.


So I decided to dig into the matter a bit deeper, and hence, this follow up training. Join me on the next page and I will get into the issues, the answers, and the means with which to be assured you are using images without being irresponsible and/or doing anything illegal.


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Maxiam59 Premium
I think that this was excellent training and I really thank you for it all the best
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Nicely done, very helpful. Thanks. Phil
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wendyk Premium
Very helpful training.
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TopAchiever Premium
You state in Lesson 5, the following:

"So, as long as you use the image exactly as it is, without modifying it in any way, you are free to do so."

Does that include the name of the picture and it's extension? If so, what if I need to change it to a .png or .jpg or .gif or .bmp?
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TheOldSilly Premium
My understanding is that it is the IMAGE that cannot be altered. Calling it what you want is okay, and I saw nothing in my research that prohibited changing from bitmap to jpeg, or other such.
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TopAchiever Premium
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated!
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TopAchiever Premium
May I make a comment on Lesson 2 of 6?

You advise the learner to do a Google Search, if this is indeed where you want the search to start, they will not be able to follow the rest of the tutorial as you are assuming that they know the difference between a Google Search Bar and a Google IMAGE Search Bar.

The latter is the one you are referring to and is the image/screenshot you are alluding to.

So, either you need to change the wording to Google Image Search, or you need to put an extra step in the tutorial to advise them to do a Google Images Search, this will then give them the a list of websites, and then they click on Google Images which will THEN render the Google Image Search bar.

Hope this makes sense.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Good point and feedback - I will edit that into the page.
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TopAchiever Premium
You are welcome!
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