"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.


Note: If you find this tutorial of help to you, please click on the green "Like This" button, and leave a comment, okay? It helps the Old Silly get credits from WA and possibly some compensation for the time and effort it takes to put these trainings together to help people out.



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PeterShelton Premium
Thank you Marvin. I have just discovered this training and have found it very informative.
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nicebreeze Premium
Nice in depth info here on google images.

Here is a question;

If you use an unlicensed image form Google images, would google pick up on that and cause it to affect your page ranking?
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TheOldSilly Premium
No, Google is not the problem, they do not rank you down for unlicensed images. But you DO run the risk of a lawsuit, and trust me, they do happen, I know from experience!
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nicebreeze Premium
Ok thanks for that.
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JasonDK Premium
Thank you. Very helpful.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are most welcome, glad to be of assistance. :-)
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JayFran Premium
This is a beautifully-done tutorial. Thank you.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are very welcome. :-)
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kacalhoun Premium
Every picture I click on takes me to http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Do I just put the person's name? It says I have to include the license, but I don't know how to do that or what license they are talking about? Also, do you know if they just shut your site down or do you have a chance to explain and show them that their picture was under free to share and use commercially?
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TheOldSilly Premium
If the image is not Public Domain, then I include a caption under the image attributing the picture to the author. Usually that is all that is required. If they also want the license included, then simply attribute to author and add "thru creative commons licensing".

I've never had a problem, and I doubt "they" would just shut you down. The author is a person, not your domain Nazi. If I felt my copyrights were being abused I would contact the abuser and make demands directly.
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kacalhoun Premium
Thank you! I got it now.
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are very welcome. :-)
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JayFran Premium
What I understand, from reading not direct experience(!), is that the owner of a picture that you shouldn't have copied will contact you (through whatever e-mail or contact form you have on your website) and tell you to take it down. Which you do! And apologize.

If you fail to take down their pic, the next contact to you will be their lawyer. Who will ask you to take it down or else you will be sued. So you take it down! If you've offended a prominent person or moneyed interest, you may need to get a lawyer at this point.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Thanks for this follow-up and additional info!
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alikat1 Premium
Thank you! This helps us hugely!
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lesleyh Premium
Goodinfo, thankyousomuch.
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JamesJJr Premium
Great help Thanks!
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omfang Premium
Very good info.
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BlissNadela Premium
Thank you so much for the detailed info given here. I truly appreciate your altruistic values.
Wish you best of everything.
Bliss
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TheOldSilly Premium
You are welcome, Bliss. I really love your name, "Bliss" - how lovely!
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kiliwia62 Premium
Very good tutorial Marvin, thank you.
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JewelCarol Premium
Great tutorial, thank you Marvin. ;))
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SarahAnt Premium
Thanks - really useful! The images issue is an important one to get right!
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TheOldSilly Premium
You're welcome, Sarah, and yes - it is an important matter, one that warrants getting it right.
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Jess518 Premium
Thanks for this helpful training. Added to my file of WA training. Your time spent putting this together is much appreciated.
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TheOldSilly Premium
Thanks Jesse, it did take a while, but it is such an important subject that it has to be done right and thoroughly.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Thanks and bookmarked
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bsmith1222 Premium
Very nice job!
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dickw Premium
Hi guys,
This is a really nice job. Great training, a great help. Thank you much.
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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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