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’, Found on

    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!

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One Comment
  1. Hi Mrs C,

    Thank you for sharing this information with others. I know you’re going to help a lot of teachers and students by breaking down the topic and including examples and tools to use.

    Love the follow up post too. I’ll have to share this on Twitter!

    Nice work!

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