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Tip: Using photos in your blog

20 Sep 2008

You’ve heard of copyright, yes? Well, it applies to the Web. You cannot just grab any photo you feel like from any Web site and put it on your blog. It does not matter if you acknowledge the source — unless you have the EXPLICIT PERMISSION of the copyright holder, you are breaking the law. Yup. The law.

So if you would like to illustrate your blog post, and you have no nice photos of your own, what can you do?

One great option is Flickr. You can’t use ALL photos on Flickr, but some are okay. Go to the advanced search page and scroll down to the bottom. Then check the box for Creative Commons licensed photos.

Use the SEARCH FOR box at the top of the page to enter keywords.

You should always include an attribution AND A LINK for someone else’s photo.

To learn more about Creative Commons, look here.

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