Images & Copyright

Let’s talk IMAGES:

A really great photo can catch the reader’s attention and draw them into your composition or post. But unless you are a really great photographer, that perfect shot may be hard to find. Luckily, we have the web and modern technology that does most of the hard work for us.

 

There are literally thousands of free pictures available on the web that are OK to use…and just as many ( maybe more) that are NOT!

Google is a great tool that can search the web and return exactly what you  are looking for. Just type the right keywords and all the data, news, video , images , books ,maps, you name it and it will appear!

BUT, if you plan to re-post or publish even a small part of this creation, you must give the original writer or artist credit for their work.   In research, this is accomplished by citing our sources (more on this later) . With other artistic compositions, this is called attribution. We attribute ( or give credit to) the artist, musician or photographer of the original work.

It is for this reason that Google is not the best source for images. A large percentage of Google Images are NOT free to reuse. Most , as a matter of fact, are copyright protected and cannot be used without the risk of copyright infringement.

Luckily, there are some great alternatives.


There are a few options:

  • Get permission – which is difficult to obtain, or you can Pay for photos- a luxury most can’t or don’t want to  afford
  • Use Creative Commons to help obtain acceptable images and provide the appropriate attribution required for the varying degrees of licensing.  This requires some research. But can be a learning opportunity.
  • Use your own – this could be fun, but may be a bit time consuming, and a challenge to get exactly what you are looking for. And there are some of us that just can’t take a good picture!
  • Use web resources that provide assistance to correctly

    Image: ‘Morning glow’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/77934271@N03/28371947729, Found on flickrcc.net

    attribute the images. Links to a couple of these  services as listed below:

 

  • Use the Pixabay plugin. This tool can be found in Plugins >All. Once activated it will be visible in your post editor, just to the right of your ‘Add media’ button.

kordi_vahle / Pixabay

 

For more detailed instruction can be found at Edublogs help.


All the options listed above are good. But not necessarily easy or efficient or optimal. In the next post , we will explore the best option for reusing Images on your blog or any other published composition. You guessed it, Tons of images are available without any copyright restrictions. You just have to know where to look. They are in the public domain or have a CC0 ( no license) and are Basically FREE to reuse however you choose. 

Everybody loves FREE!

Images for blogs and mods

Bing, Google, Yahoo, Ask.com. are common search engines we use every day. But whether  you are posting materials on the web or distributing flyers for an upcoming event, when you create and share to an authentic audience, you really need to consider copyright laws.  Creative Commons is a licensing body that has attempted to bridge the gap between free Public Domain  works and copyright protected artistry.

According to many resources “A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.”

But it’s hard to understand complex licenses. It can also be time consuming and costly to gain reuse permission from an artist. And we all now know that using Google Images is really not an option. To avoid confusion and possible legality issues, I strongly suggest the use of any or all of the free photos sites listed below.

Unsplash
Pexels
Pixabay
Photos For Class
Openclipart
Pics4Learning
https://www.wpclipart.com
http://www.clipartlord.com

My personal favorite is Pexels. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. So, attribution is not required. Also they have a huge selection of great quality pics!

On occasion when you download one, it is suggested that you include attribution to the artist, which is a courtesy and a good habit to get into regardless of the legal license issues.

Use images as background and/or to enhance your message!


Make your own Compositions with free images!

Try one of the following Graphic Design websites  to “modify, reuse and distribute a unique work” all your own.  

Snappa
Canva
Vengage

This process can be lots of fun and a great way to get creative. Templates are available to help you create anything from a snapchat post to business cards to promotional brochure!

 


To learn more about Creative Commons, try:
https://help.vimeo.com/hc/en-us/articles/224969988-What-is-Creative-Commons
Or  https://sarafhawkins.com/creative-commons-licenses-explained-plain-english/
From Kathleen Morris http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2013/06/02/creative-commons-infographic/
And Ronnie Burt https://www.theedublogger.com/2017/01/20/copyright-fair-use-and-creative-commons/

Note: Creative commons licenses cover more than just Images. Video, audio, educational resources, music are also protected.

Welcome to blogging!

Many of you are probably New to blogging, so I will share a quick video that explains what this web activity is all about. What is a blog?

As well as two additional resources on the history of blogging and it’s definition that may offer more explanation of the topic.

So even if you are not so new at this and know how ( & why) to blog, as part of this class we are going to learn some of the ins & outs of blogging; the hows, the whys and the what fors.

It will be a learning process that I hope will strengthen your tech skills, your writing skills and your overall communication skills both in and outside of the classroom. We will start out slow and simple.

For your first task, simply view the video and read at least one of the articles on the definition/history of blogging.

Then be prepared to answer my questions in class or ask a few of your own.  Nothing online yet, but it’s coming…. 🙂 Mrs. C