Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!
The aim of this step is to:
- Discuss copyright, fair use, and using images on blogs.
- Introduce you to Creative Commons.
- Explain how to find and add Creative Commons images to posts.
- Define free and public domain images, and explain how to source them.
Introduction To Copyright, Fair Use, And Images In Posts
You can’t just use any image you like in a blog post.
Why? Because unless stated otherwise, the law automatically grants full “copyright” over any creative work a person makes.
- Dexter the cat hates those that steal his photos…
You may be thinking it’s okay because as educators, we have a few more flexible rules, called “Fair Use”, to play by.
Fair use, in some cases, means you may have more flexible copyright rules if an image, text, video, etc. is being used for educational purposes.
The trouble is, most of the laws and rules that cover fair use and education were written well before the invention of the web. They don’t apply to use of copyright material on the internet. Using copyright material leaves you open to copyright infringement.
So what does this mean?
You need to:
- Learn what images you are and aren’t allowed to use, and why.
- Learn how to correctly attribute images you are allowed to use.
- Educate your students that you can’t just use any images online on your blogs (or other digital work).
- Show them how to source and attribute images they are allowed to use.
Understanding digital copyright is an essential skill we need to understand and teach our students.
Refer to The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons for comprehensive information on the use of images, curriculum docs, text and quotes, music, and videos.
The safest way to source images for your blog is to either:
- Use Creative Commons images.
- Use free (Creative Commons Zero) or public domain images.
- Use your own photos or use images you’ve created.
Including The Source Is Not Enough
A situation we commonly see on blogs is where someone uses an image they found online and then include a link to the site they got it from.
Just because you link to the source of an image, does not mean you can use it. You would need to ask the image creator for permission.
Read on to find out about Creative Commons and ways you can find images to use — legally and ethically.
Introduction to Creative Commons
Creative Commons, founded in 2001, is an organization that provides free content licenses that people can apply to their work. These are known as Creative Commons licenses.
When you license your work with Creative Commons, you are allowing people to use it without having to ask permission, provided they use it in the manner stated in your Creative Commons license.
The reason people use Creative Commons licenses is to make it easier for everyone to share and adapt creative work without the concern of copyright infringement.
Watch this video on Creative Commons.
Creative Commons licenses are used for books, websites, blogs, photographs, films, videos, songs, and other audio and visual recordings.
If an image, or website, doesn’t include a Creative Commons license, or isn’t public domain work, or doesn’t indicate that the content is free to use, then it is automatically implied that all content is copyright and you shouldn’t use it! Put simply — unless stated otherwise, it is copyright.
There are websites that provide public domain images that are free to use, or have their own free to use licensing, but you need to make sure you follow their terms and conditions of use.
For those wondering, unless a blogger includes a Creative Commons license, all content on that blog is automatically the copyright of the blogger.
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Creative Commons Licenses
There are several different types of Creative Commons licenses people use depending on what restriction(s) they want to apply to their work.
Here is a quick summary of the different types of Creative Commons licenses:
Attribution CC BY
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work), remix (to adapt the work) and use it for commercial purposes provided you attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work) and use it for commercial purposes provided you do not alter, transform or build upon the work and you attribute it in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work) and remix (to adapt the work) provided it isn’t used for commercial purposes, you attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor and you distribute it under the same license.
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work) and remix (to adapt the work) and use it for commercial purposes provided if you alter, transform or build upon the work provided you distribute it under the similar license. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work) and remix (to adapt the work) provided it isn’t used for commercial purposes. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
Allowed to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work) provided you do not alter, transform or build upon the work or use it for commercial purposes and you attribute it in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
Confused About Licenses?
If you want to add a Creative Commons license to your own work and you’re not sure what one you should add, try this license chooser tool. It also gives you the right license graphic to use.
Flickr Creative Commons Images
One of the most common sources of Creative Commons images used by bloggers is Flickr (an online photo sharing website).
Unfortunately, it is often assumed the Flickr images are licensed under Creative Commons and are allowed to be used. This isn’t the case.
- Images marked as “All Rights Reserved” are copyrighted and require permission from the person who uploaded it to Flickr.
- Images with “Some rights reserved” means the Flickr user has applied a Creative Commons license to their photo and you can use the image in the manner specified by the license.
If you look at images directly on Flickr always check to see which license applies to ensure you only use the image in the manner specified by the license.
The license is listed below the image.
For those you might be allowed to use, click on “Some rights reserved” for further explanation.
This takes you to the Creative Commons license where you can read how you are allowed to use the image.
Finding Creative Commons Images
A useful option for finding Flickr Creative Commons images is to use one of the great Flickr Search Engines.
Compfight is one of the most popular Flickr Search engines. It provides a range of search options including search by tags only vs. all the text, licenses, the option to show or hide originals, and turn on/off the safe content filter.
All images above the line returned by your Compfight search are professional stock photos — they aren’t free to use. Those below the line are Flickr Photos.
Photos for Class
Photos for Class is a student friendly place for searching safe images from Creative Commons Flickr (and more recently, Pixabay Safe Search).
The downloaded images include attribution of the photographer and the image license terms.
Multicolr Search Lab
Multicolr Search Lab allows you to search Flickr images by color. This is a handy tool when you’re trying to match specific colors. All you need to do is select up to 5 colors.
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Creative Commons And Image Attribution
It’s a requirement of all Creative Commons Licenses that you attribute the original author. This means you can’t just use a Creative Commons image without correctly acknowledging the person who originally created it.
Within or at the end your blog post you must:
- attribute the image,
- include their copyright information,
- and you should link the photo back to its original photo page.
Here’s an example of image attribution:
Photo by Chotda licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.
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Use The Pixabay Plugin To Add Creative Commons Images To Post
The Pixabay plugin is a quick and easy tool to find quality public domain images from Pixabay and upload them to your site with just one click.
Below is an example of an image inserted using Pixabay plugin.
Once you have activated the Pixabay plugin in Plugins > All you use it as follows:
1. Go to Posts > Add New (or Pages > Add New)
2. Write your post.
3. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and then click on the Pixabay icon.
4. Add your search term and press enter.
5. Click on the image you want to insert into your post.
6. This uploads the image from Pixabay into your media library.
7. Select the Alignment, Size and then click Insert into post.
7. The image is added to the post with a link to the user who uploaded it to Pixabay.
You can change the Pixabay options in Settings > Pixabay. In most situations, you would not change these settings.
Add An Image From The Compfight Website
Compfight is an image search engine that uses Creative Commons images from Flickr.
Here is how to add a photo using the Compfight website:
1. Go to Compfight.
2. Add your search term and then click Enter.
3. Click on Creative Commons on the search results page.
4. Click on the Creative Commons image you want to use (from below the line).
You can only use an image from below the line. All images above the line are professional stock photos and can only be used if you purchase them.
5. This launches a pop up image window.
6. Click on ‘Download‘ next to the size you want to use to download it onto your computer.
7. Copy the HTML.
8. Go to Posts > Add New
9. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and then click on the Add Media icon.
10. In the Add Media window click on the Upload files and then Select Files.
11. Find the photo you downloaded on your computer and then click Open to start uploading the image.
12. While your image is uploading you will see a progress bar.
13. Once the image has uploaded paste the HTML code into the caption field.
14. Select the size you want to insert from the dropdown menu next to ‘Size‘ in the attachment display settings.
13. Click Insert into Post.
14. Your image will insert into your post and should look like the example below with the photo credit below it!
Free And Public Domain Images
There are websites that provide public domain images that are free to use, or have their own free to use licensing.
Some of these are licensed with a Creative Commons Zero license. This is the least restrictive Creative Commons license and means there are no restrictions on use and no attribution required (although it can be polite to still attribute a Creative Commons Zero image).
Public domain works are those works that:
- Automatically enter the public domain when created because they are not copyrightable.
- Their copyright has expired.
- Their creator has assigned their work to the public domain.
Public domain images are free and available for unrestricted use.
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Attributing Free And Public Domain Images
Public domain images and free to use images may not have a strict legal requirement of attribution, depending on the jurisdiction of content reuse, and depending on the terms and conditions of use of content from the website, but attribution is recommended to give correct provenance for most of these sites.
This means within or at the end your blog post it is recommended to attribute the image, include their copyright information and link the photo back to its original photo page.
Here’s a list of free and public domain websites:
All the images on Pixabay and Unsplash are Creative Commons Zero. They do not require any attribution and can be modified.
You need to refer to the terms and conditions on the other websites to see if attribution is needed and how it is meant to be added.
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Add Image From Pixabay
Here is how to add an image from Pixabay if you don’t want to use the plugin as described above:
1. Go to Pixabay
2. Enter your search term and press Enter.
3. Click on the image you want to use (you can’t use any image in the sponsored images row).
4. This takes you to the image page.
5. Click on Free Download, select the size you want to download and then click Download. Save the image to your computer.
6. Go to Posts > Add New
7. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and then click on the Add Media icon.
8. In the Add Media window click on the Upload files and then Select Files.
9. Find the photo you downloaded on your computer and then click Open to start uploading the image.
10. Select the size you want to insert from the drop-down menu next to ‘Size‘ in the attachment display settings.
11. Click Insert into Post.
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More Sources Of Free And Public Domain Images
Here are some good free and public domain image websites to use with students:
Openclipart is a gallery of clip art images that have been released into the public domain that can be used freely, for personal and commercial use, without attribution.
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository for public domain and freely-licensed educational media content, including images, sound and video clips.
Images and other media on Wikimedia Commons are almost all under some kind of free license (usually public domain, CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, or GFDL (GNU Free Documentation license).
Clicking on an image or media file on Wikimedia Commons takes you to the information page for that file. This is where you’ll find the information supplied by the uploader, including the copyright status, the copyright owner, and the license conditions.
The following image from Wikimedia Commons is license under GNU Free Documentation and Creative Commons ShareAlike 3.0.
The Commons was set up to help share photos and images from the World’s public photography archives. There are over 56 institutions contributing images to The Commons.
A special rights statement — ‘No known copyright restrictions’ — was created to provide a copyright framework allowing institutions to add their photos to Flickr Commons and define how the public could use their work through their own rights statement.
Once you’ve located an image on The Commons you should click on the ‘No known copyright restrictions’ beneath the image.
This takes you to the Rights Statement for the Institution who supplied the image. This is where you’ll find information on how the institution would like the image to be attributed.
Below is an example of attributing an image from The Commons.
Getty Open Content images
Getty Open Content images are all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
The Getty requests that you use the following source credit when reproducing an image:
Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.
Here’s an example of attributing an image from Getty’s open content program.
Getty Images is an American Stock photo agency which allows their images to be used for free for non-commercial use. Getty Images have no relationship with the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Getty Open Content images.
Once you have found an image on Getty Images you can embed it into a post or page using their embed code
Using Your Own Images
The alternative options for sourcing images from other websites are to upload your own photos or create images using online tools.
Here are some ideas for creating your own images:
- Photo Editors like Befunky, fd’s Flickr Tools
- Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle or WordArt.com
- Fun photo tools CutMyPic, Glitterfly, PhotoFunia
- Drawing tools like Google Drawings or Auto Draw
Note: Many online tools are 13+ so check the terms and conditions if working with younger students.
Using Student Photos Online
Even though 99.99% of visitors to your class blog will be well meaning parents, students, community members, or interested visitors from around the world, the unfortunate reality is that those with bad intentions can also visit public sites. There are also cases where the personal background of a student might mean they need more privacy and anonymity than others.
Decisions on whether to use student photographs or not are often about protecting educators from having problems with parents, caregivers, or administrators who have concerns about cyber-predators.
Information that helps someone identify a student should always be shared with care.
Before using any student photos online, even on a private blog, you need to:
- Find out your school, district or Education Department guidelines for sharing student photos online — make sure you follow these guidelines.
- Find out if there are forms caregivers and students need to sign to consent to use of student photos online — make sure you have all forms signed by parents or caregivers.
- Respect the wishes of caregivers and students while understanding consent to use photos can be withdrawn at any time.
Remember it isn’t possible to stop parents, students, and caregivers from downloading photos and sharing them on their social networks, even if you are using a private blog. If you don’t want a photo shared on a social network then don’t upload the photo.
- Don’t use student photos for avatars. There are many tools available where students can create their own avatars such as those listed on The Student Blogging Challenge.
- If you do use any photos of students – don’t use their name in the file name and don’t refer to the student by name, even their first name, in the caption under the photo or in the post.
- Avoid the use of any photos that can identify individual students. A safe compromise is to only use photo taken from behind students. Some teachers also like to add emojis over the students’ faces using tools like Luna Pic (desktop) or various mobile apps.
Here’s an example of the emoji approach from teacher, Rob Kelly.
Teaching the Grade 3 students @berwicklodgeps to use @scratch on the computers today was a huge success. ☺️ I threw them in the deep end and they all came out swimming. Congratulations everyone! 🎉😺🎉You’re officially #coders. #educoach #scratch #edutech #aussieed pic.twitter.com/rMJ0mgxJBF
— Rob Kelly (B.Ed) (@robkellytweets) May 25, 2018
Refer to Should You Use Student Photos Online for examples of student photos that are less likely to cause issues.
We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about student blogging by completing the following tasks:
- Add a Creative Commons image or public domain image to a post. Or try using any of the tools mentioned in this post. Then leave a comment with a link to your post so we can take a look.
- Read through the most recent comments in reply to this step, click on a link to someone else’s post to check out the image they added. Then leave a response to their comment.
293 thoughts on “Step 7: Images, Copyright, And Creative Commons”
Wow, I found this step to be daunting with all of the information. I have bought some emoticons for another project and chose to use them in this context. I have used Pixabay for example on this post (http://danceplus.edublogs.org/2019/02/01/s-m-a-r-t-goals/). I really liked it for its content and no need to attribute credit. I will be revisiting this Step 7 however, to become more familiar with the process.
Our tech integrator talks about this quite a bit so my students already had a good basis on it.
This was a difficult tast for me because my blog is about contemporary dance, so I need pictures of the most importante choreographers in history. Thanks to Wikimedia Commons I found a few of them. So I wrote a firts post with a picture, is this:
And I explain my students what it is told in this “step” so that they are also aware of the importance of using pictures in a respectful way for the creator.
Great work sharing this information with your students too. Sadly, many people don’t know about the right way to use images. Just a tip for future, when sharing a link make sure it doesn’t have /wp-admin etc at the end of the URL. This takes you to your dashboard 🙂 I edited your link in the comment above!
I agree I agree with you. A lot of people do not know the correct ways to use pictures.
I cannot seem to access your blog but as a dance teacher and online educator I would love to see how you use your blog to educate your dance students!
This was the hardest task yet!
It took me a lot of time to fully get to grips with all the information and how to deal with it. I activated Compfight on my blog and it seemed quite easy to use.
There wasn’t an image there that I really liked, so I looked up some websites that provided free images that were listed, and tried out some of them. (One of them wanted me to pay for the images). I eventually found what I was looking for on “Unsplash” and placed it into a (previous) blog post.
I hope I did it correctly!
Thank you for all this information. I feel I am making progress. But this task was a tough one!
The image is great! Unsplash is a such a good resource. It was a nice idea to link to where you got the image too. With sites like Unsplash you don’t have to do that, however, the contributors appreciate you doing so. It can make a nice class discussion to ask, should we acknowledge where we got the image even if we don’t have to.
Well done overcoming this obstacle. I agree. It’s a tough one!
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I tend to stay away from pictures other than ones I’ve taken myself. I have written for a travel blog before, and I had to be certain to only use my own photos or creative commons photos. For this task, I found a picture through Pixabay – http://jlchafin.edublogs.org/2019/02/08/canadian-shield/
There is so much relevant information in this step! My students are becoming more aware of the dos and don’ts of creative commons but are at the novice level. I plan to add some videos to our blog discussing the issue and emphasize that they create better visuals on their own.
On a recent blog post I did search and use a photo from Compfight recently and found it to be a simple process. Keep the terrific information and how to’s coming!
I will definitely need to inform my students on the importance of this issue and how to find photos that are safe to use. It could also be a fun learning moment for students to realize that their own creativity is the easiest and safest to use in their own online work. I found and posted a photo from Pixabay and it can be found here http://marrakech20project.edublogs.org/2019/02/07/using-photos-from-commons/
My students won’t be actually blogging this year, though in future school years, I may have my students create online projects. But I do agree that it’s important for students to learn how to be copyright compliant.
As a few others have said, I’m also going to do a lesson with my students about copyright and the importance of not just swiping a picture from online. I attempted to add a picture and kept getting the same error code, so for now, I’m going to go picture free – then I can model to my students how to add a picture to their posts as well.
Copyright information is so confusing to my students. They seem to think they can just search the web and grab any picture out there. I’m going to incorporate a lesson from this lesson. Hopefully, that will help them understand the importance of copyright laws. For now, I think we will probably go picture free on their posts until I am confident that they understand these rules.
I like the idea of them creating their own avatars. We are going to work on this as a class. I also added a Genius Hour picture.
Same here!! We are going to do a lesson on how important copyright is and discuss what we can use and what we can’t. Similar to you, we plan to go picture free for now and just use photographs of their own art work, which they love.
I have been talking about copyright with my pupils and they seem to understand it. Some of them are now going to extremes and putting copyright symbols on everything they do in class: diaries, artwork, even models! There have been quarrels between several of them about using one another’s ideas in creative writing.
Oh well, at least they understand copyright!
My students are exploring the wonders of Canva for a project this month. I love the flexibility and variety of what is available. I need to remember to add this to their blogging toolbox.
I love Canva! I use it all the time to create cool digital media things I use on our school website and LMS. It is a super cool tool to have students create infographics with and they could totally post these on their blog!
This activity was great. My students will benefit from all of this info. I will have them complete this step at the beginning of the year to make sure they know how to add an image.
This is my blog with an image: http://tselby.edublogs.org/
As I have mentioned before we are just at the stage of creating paper blogs and blogger of the week. I have introduced the concept of copyright and introduced the use of Unsplash. This was brought to my attention in a meeting with a collegue and then reading the next post in this PD course. I am so happy I came across it when I did as we were just looking at adding images to our posts.
Here is a post about our paper blogs which the students had used unsplash to gather images:
I wrote a post about graffiti on my blog…mostly as an example to my students about the type of blogging I’m most interested in–sort of a stream of consciences style blogging. Of course, I added a creative common picture of some cool graffiti. http://msshenderson.edublogs.org/2019/01/22/44/
What a great post and the image really adds impact too. Many well known bloggers write as a way of thinking through their ideas. In fact, I read this post from George Couros just the other day when he was doing that https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8754
This makes me think, that it can be good to explicitly explain to students that many people find the act of writing a good way to explore clarify their thoughts etc. What do you think?
I am having students complete The Student Blogging Challenge and I am not allowing the use of copyrighted images in their work. I also am not allowing students to post pictures of other students or any personal information. Here is the avatar that Jenna posted for her blog:
That’s fantastic you’ve set those standards from the start. Sometimes teachers are quite flexible with what students post at the start then it can be quite difficult to change habits down the track!
That is my problem! I assumed that my eighth graders already knew about copyright. Boy, was I wrong. It has been an uphill battle with them all year.
I definitely know what you mean! Well done for trying to change things. It’s never too late!
I like that expectation from the beginning as well. I know they probably don’t even think about the importance of it – or the rules.
Thank you for sharing this, I will be following your lead and not allowing the use of images with copyrights. I also will not let students post anything with personal information, always thinking safety.
These activities have been so helpful. This activity has answered so many of my questions and has given me the courage to really move forward with my class blog with my students. At first, I was a bit discouraged as I looked through all the image/graphics tool help sites. My district technology team is very careful about blocking and usage of many of the sites that were recommended in order to keep kids and technology safe. However, I did find really good ones i.e. cutmypic.com; autodraw; and toondoo that will be so fun to use! Thanks for the great lesson.
So glad to hear this information was helpful!
Wikimedia Commons is also a really good resource that isn’t filtered by my districts strict filtering. Try it out!
Thanks for sharing this – I did want to expand from Unsplash!
I’ve used a shutterstock editorial use only attribution pic on this post: http://rackaway.edublogs.org/2019/01/02/is-the-gop-turning-on-president-trump/ I don’t see anything suggesting my attribution is wrong, but would appreciate backup.
Also, can this be made available to my students as well? I think they’d benefit greatly from understanding copyright and attribution.
Hi Chapman, it looks like you’ve used Compfight images and not Shutterstock? Yes, Compfight is also available for students, they just have to activate it from Plugins.
Copyright wasn’t something that I had taught my students about before starting our blogs. This page has so many helpful links to great sites to find images, so I’ve bookmarked it for future use. My students and I have activated the Compfight and Pixabay plugins to help make uploading Creative Commons images super easy.
Here’s my example of a 6-Word Memoir using and image from the Compfight plugin: http://lchs7write.edublogs.org/2018/10/21/6-word-memoir-week-3-task/
My post using an image.
All of my posts contain featured images that I grabbed from Pexels or Unsplash. At the start of the school year, I teach students the basics for using Canva to make headers, featured images and logos.
What a great idea.
Wow, your blog is great! It is good to see an example that is currently being used. Thank you for sharing!
My students are exploring the wonders of Canva for a project this month. I love the flexibility and variety of what is available. I need to remember to add this to their blogging toolbox.
I added an image from Flickr to my most recent post, which you can find here: http://atchisonh.edublogs.org/2018/10/10/coming-of-age/ I think I did it correctly, but I’m not sure.
Looks good to me! We are also reading Refugee right now. I am loving this novel!!!!! Definitely, my new favorite book to teach.
This step was SO helpful!! I’m not very literate when it comes to technology, but the instructions were written so clearly that it was extremely easy for me to follow them. Thank you so much!!
My senior class is working on a variety of assignments related to their chosen career fields, or the careers that they are considering, so I used an image that I thought was both relevant and humorous:
So glad to hear it helped, Becky!
As an Aussie, I’ve got to say I love your chosen image! (a koala for anyone reading along).
Remember, others won’t be able to see your posts because of your privacy settings. 🙂
http://ldymacbeth3.edublogs.org/about-this-blog/ is where you can find my Creative Commons image. The home page contains my own photograph.
Great work! Looks like you’re getting the hang of images 🙂
Hi and thank you for the article!
I can add also http://www.picdrome.com, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are also available in high definition upon request.
Thanks for sharing Picdrome. Could you let us know if there are any age restrictions on your site? Thanks!
Hello Kathleen, there are no restrictions whatsoever. All photos are child safe.
Thanks for letting us know!
Thanks for sharing that information! I like the fact that items are free to download.
This is a pretty useful list, thanks 👍
I’ll recommend also https://imageric.com with tons of free photos, vectors and videos under CC0 licence (Public Domain).
I also want to say that hyperlinks will be added as soon as possible. Thank you for communicating with me. I will g the hyperlinks updated.
I want to apologize for it being difficult to see my posts. I can’t figure out how to change the text color. Any tips?
Thanks for referring me to your thorough post! I also have this previous post that shares other sources – http://www.dpresident.net/journeywithtechnology/using-online-images/.
I have a tendency to use public domain images or images I take myself for my featured image post, because I know that I don’t have to give an attribution for them. I get your point about consistency, and I think attributing everything removes any ambiguity. I must admit to sometimes sticking to the requirements at the expense of ambiguity, however.
Great post! One thing that was not covered that should have been, is the use of models or copyright/Trade Mark items within cc0 photos. While websites like RepublicOfStock.com and flickr cc0 search do provide free images, that does not mean all images can be used for everything. For example if an image contains a models face but doesn’t have a model release agreement and you use the image for something controversial, that model has the right to take legal action. The same is true of using an image that contains a known product or brand. That product or brand still remains copyright.
I used Getty Images for my Creative Commons post: http://nyhsmrcox.edublogs.org/2016/10/19/creative-commons-post/
Here is a post of mine with an image from a public domain! http://desireebeard.edublogs.org/2016/09/28/using-images/
I did not know so much was involved in using pictures! This was a surprise for me and I plan to teach my students the correct way to use pictures and resources from the internet.
What a great image to introduce students to blogging!
This has been the most important step in practicing blogging with integrity. I included a creative commons image in a blog post on Terry Fox.
I included one of the pictures featured in the last step: “Top 10 Reasons for student blogging” in my welcome page. I provided the source and linked the name to the original.
I think copyright is an important issue to be tackled with the students. We do research projects that include a lot about referencing, sources and quotes – but very little about online material. This should prove interesting for the students as well.
I agree, Forestdweller. With students obtaining many sources online, this is an important discussion to pose on referencing material and understanding copyright.
You chose a great image from Flickr to supplement your post and acknowledged the author on Flickr. This also introduced me to other images by sylviaduckworth.
I really liked your 10 reasons for blogging picture and I used your idea because so many students always ask WHY! 🙂
Very good! I believe that showing the importance of following copyright laws can teach our students how much of hard work they must put into the writing and research process.
Well, this was an eye-opening challenge. I’m certainly not an idiot, but I was incredibly ignorant of photo copyrights – I thought as long as I attributed a photo from the internet, I could use it.
I’ve now changed the header photo to one that I took in Alaska a few years ago, and a photo in the linked blog post to one that I obtained from photosforclass.com. Thanks for the good lesson!
Your header is beautiful! And the explanation I find interesting 🙂
I have found all this information about copyright really usegul and it has challenge me to be more carefult with the way I use pictures, so I am really grateful for that.
Besides, and in order to fulfil the task I have created a new post about reading and I have used a picture from Getty Images which I thought was quite nice. http://tiradelalengua.edublogs.org/2016/09/06/leer-es-un-ritual-2/
I will be more careful about using photos and illustrations in the future. I am actually a big fan of illustrations… Is there any gallery different to openart you could recommend? Thanks!
Added a blog entry thanking parents for coming to open house and added a free image from pixabay. Easy!
Who knew there was so much involved in copyright? I plan to use a lot of my own images, but will references this page as necessary. Thanks for complying it!
All this step about copyright has also been quite a surprise for me. I think it will be really good for my students learning to acknowledge others people work. The photo you chose for your post is really suited!
http://jaakre.edublogs.org/environmental-science/ Here is the photo I will use with my initial post for my ES class.
Thank you for this information on copyright, but I wanted to caution you that your treatment of Fair Use is incorrect. Fair Use is not context specific, meaning it applies to both print and online materials. You may be confusing it with the TEACH Act, which has two parts: one for in classroom education experiences, and one for distance or online educational experiences. A Fair Use argument can apply equally as well to the internet as it can to the classroom. The TEACH Act, and its separate protections for classrooms vs online, does not apply to both. This is an important clarification, as Fair Use is an umbrella exception that can be used in any context and with any material. Please don’t limit its use for your readers!
This page was extremely helpful and informative! I do not a specific plan for using clip art at the moment, but when I do I will be referencing this page!
I added a creative commons image from Flickrs, and actually of my own, taken expressly for Edublogs Comment Challenge back in 2008.
I also left a link to a wiki page where I’ve been collecting several links to creative commons image sites or public domain sites I keep finding through Edublogs, mainly during past Students Challenges.
I was glad to know about Getty Open Content Images. Thank you!
Here is my post: http://cadescrita.edublogs.org/2016/08/19/teacher-challenge-4/
I like your post. I am still having a hard time creating posts and not just adding to my page…
I like how you’ve blogged about the challenges along with the images. What a great way to keep record and reflection of all that we’ve done. Beautiful picture as well!
I made a power point presentation for class and used this picture for my back ground J, G. D. (2015, July 10). Church Silhouette at Dusk. Retrieved from openclipart.org. And the face book logo from this source for a slide in the presentation Facebook. (2013, June 9). Facebook Logo (Square). Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Facebook_logo_(square).png
I added a photo of a panther (school mascot) to my blog, the link to flickr works (although I can’t get the link to open in a new page) and I added the photo credit text under the photo myself as it didn’t show up from alt text.
sorry, my blog address is
We edited your photo to open in a new window, to show you how it is done.
Open your post in Edit Mode and click on the image.
Click the edit icon on the image.
Under Advanced Options, select “Open link in a new tab”
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
Nice! How did you get the page to scroll like that over your image?
This post has been great. I created my own image using Tagxedo http://prepareforcomputing2016.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/ideas-for-assessment-task-3.html. I have bookmarked many of the suggested image sites above to create computing learning resources for current and future resources. I would like to create my own eventually to avoid sourcing other peoples’ work.
I would like to thank you for this awesome post. I am honest: I didn’t know there was such a deep underwater world about images and copyright. Well, yes, I knew you can’t use images for free if they are not yours. But I really didn’t have a clue about Creative Commons. I will for sure re read this post, and keep it safe for my future on the bloggosphere. And publish new posts with your precious suggestions in mind. Thank you again!
HAVE A HAPPY EASTET IN PEACE, LOVE AND TOLLERANCE
Hi Mrs. Dorigo, and a Happy Easter to you too.
Your blog is looking really good! I like that you have added Europe specific online safety.
Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
Your blog looks great. The image below the navigation really brings emphasis to your blog. We now know where to find and source our images.
Your blog looks amazing! I only hope that mine will look as good once I feel more comfortable with blogging. I like the images you chose for your blog, as well as the assignments for your students.
I have followed your advice and moved the ’email subscription’ higher up the Widgets.
I have also uploaded an image from Flickr.
Generally We would only be posting images we have taken ourselves, but very useful exercise in copyrights etc.
so happy to find more sources for images. I used wikimedia commons for the ones on my “commenting guidelines” page http://stephaniewardrop.edublogs.org/commenting-guidelines/
I will have to check this resource out. I used the CDC for mine. Many governmental agencies offer public domain images.
I love your use of photos on your commenting guidelines page! Great idea to engage readers.
I found this post very useful indeed and it’s one I shall be referring back to often. I inserted a photo of the Alhambra into my blog post via compfight. http://gillower.primaryblogger.co.uk/2016/01/10/our-granada-adventure/
Great images – and this looks like just about the best class ever. Sign me up! 🙂
Photo Credit: keelgirl1 via Compfight cc
This stuff frustrates me but I think I did it right