What is Creative Commons?
Work that has been licensed using Creative Commons makes it easier for people to share
and build upon the work of others. Under a Creative Commons license, you can download music and images for use in your school work free and legally.
Different licenses have different conditions. The most common ones are:
Attributing Your Work
There is a great tool called flickr cc attribution helper which will generate the HTML that will insert the image with correct license underneath. It’s amazing and could save hours of time!
If you were to include a thorough bibiliography with your work, use proper MLA referencing for digital images and add the Creative Commons license information as an annotation. For the image above it would look like this:
Zoomar. Communist vs Capitalist Unicorns. Digital image. Flickr. 05 May 2006. Web. 22 Nov. 2009. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoomar/141097522/>. CC BY NC SA
There are loads of places you can download CC-licensed work. You just need to know where to look!
- Google Advanced Search – Google gives you the option to include forms of licensing in your search.
- Yahoo Creative Commons Search – Yahoo allows you to search the entire web for what you need based on the licenses attached to the content.
- Wikimedia Commons – The central clearing area for the Wikimedia projects CC files.
- Freebase.com – A community powered search engine to search the web for CC licensed work for you to use.
- FlickrCC – My favorite visual search engine of Flickr
- Multicolr Search Lab – Search CC images on Flickr by color!
- Advanced Google Image Search – Labeled for Reuse
- Flickr – check the Creative Commons box at the bottom
- Compfight – Be sure to select “Creative Commons Only”
- Wikimedia Commons
- Flickr Search with CC license stamp