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.