Search Google Images for re-usable pictures

Google Images has introduced a new feature that allows you to find images that you can re-use without infringing other people’s copyright.

Go to Google Images (http://images.google.co.uk/), and search for what you are interested in.  We’ll do a search for ‘Ben Nevis’ (Figure 1 – click on the Figure to see the details).

Google Images search for 'Ben Nevis'.

Figure 1. © Google, 2014.

When the results appear, click on the ‘Search tools’ button, and you will get a set of drop down menus.  You can use the ‘Usage Rights’ menu to filter the results according to what permissions have been granted for their re-use.  We’ll select images that have simply been ‘labeled for reuse’ (Figure 2 – click on the Figure to see the details).

Google Images 'Usage Rights' filter

Figure 2. © Google, 2014.

The results on the screen will change: the ones that you may not re-use should have been filtered out.  You can now select one that you like the look of (Figure 3) and go to the website where it has been uploaded.

One filtered result from Google Images

Figure 3. © Google, 2014, and John Dyason, 2006. Reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).

Always check on the original website that you really are allowed to re-use the picture that you want.  This example says clearly that it has been issued for re-use under a Creative Commons licence, and provides a link to that licence (Figure 4 – click on the Figure to see the details).

Licence information details

Figure 4. © Geograph, 2014, and John Dyason, 2006. Reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).

You can find more information about Creative Commons licences here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/.

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