Week 4: Photos, Images and Giving Credit

Activity 1: Now that you have a blog, you are a publisher.

Before you begin searching for and adding images and other items to your blog, you need to learn about copyright, public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons, so you make sure that you are only publishing material you are legally entitled to. As you watch this video you will learn about copyrighted images and licensing options.  You will find a number of copyrighted images that are used in a fair use way. You will see a short commercial before the video begins.

Activity 2: Creative Commons is a new option that has become available to make finding and publishing other people’s material – and sharing what you create yourself – easier.  Learn more about Creative Commons licensing by viewing this video.

Activity 3: Find Photos & Images

Flickr is a website used primarily for storing and sharing photos. You can use this site to find pictures on any topic. It includes photos taken by individuals as well as from important museums and archives like the Library of Congress. If you open an account, you can also use this site to upload pictures you’ve taken and then you can share them with your family your friends or the whole world.

Flickr includes many Creative Commons images, as well as many that are copyrighted. If you want to publish an image you find at Flickr on your blog, be sure to search for images with Creative Commons licenses. Hint: To find images with Creative Commons licenses, go to Google image, enter your search term and then select the drop down Advanced Search screen, then check usage rights, free to use or share would be  images with Creative Commons-licensed content. Free to use, share or modify gives the user the opportunity to remix the image with attribution or credit. Always read the type of Creative Commons license that the creator intended.

Flickr also has an option to search on their Flickrcc site, which searches just Creative Commons-licensed images.

As a publisher,  be sure to give credit by citing and linking to the URL (Uniform Resource Locator or Web Address) of the page where the photo appears. Look for the word “attribution” on the Flickrcc site. Copy that address and paste it under the photo in your post and make it a hyperlink. It’s very important to give credit to the creator of the original image.
Creative Commons images can also be located using Pixabay. Many of the images are either under Creative Commons licenses or even Public Domain to be used freely without attribution or credit.
Activity 4: Find at least two Creative Commons images you like and add them, along with a credit link, to a blog posting. Also write about your experience finding the images and why you chose them.
Activity 5: Find at least two images using Advanced Google Searching that have a license to remix or reuse “use, share or modify.” Click on the image and find the website where the image is located. Write a blog post about your experience and how you would cite or give attribution for the image. Using the Taft Library webportal, click on a citation generator and learn how to correctly cite the image in MLA 7 style. You might try the citation generator from the Oregon School of Library Information Science, OSLIS MLA 7.
Activity 6: Write a 250-350 word blog post reflecting on your learning about copyright, public domain, fair use and Creative Commons. Make sure you share your learning as it pertains to the creation of your Glog, a space where you learned to incorporate images, text and video to create your visual story of ideas, emotions and knowledge.


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