Guide How to Use Creative Commons Images from Flickr by mukarram4all


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									Guide: How to Use Creative Commons Images from Flickr


Flickr is an excellent place to find images that are available under a
Creative Commons License but it won’t let you properly attribute CC work.

Flickr is an excellent place to find images that are available under a
Creative Commons License. You may embed these images on your own website
as long as your intended use meets the conditions specified in the
license* and that you give proper attribution and credits to the original

[*] Some Creative Commons images are licensed as “Attribution Non-
Commercial” and thus they may not be used on websites that, say, carry
advertising. For more, see this PDF report on defining non-commercial
Searching Creative Commons Images on Flickr

Flickr has a dedicated page to help you easily find images that are
available under Creative Commons. Or you may use alternative tools like
Flickr CC, Flickr Storm and Comp Fight that are in some ways better than
Flickr’s own search interface.

Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr

If you are using an image from Flickr, all they require is that the image
on the external site should link back to Flickr’s page where that image
is originally hosted.

The problem is that Flickr’s current style of attribution doesn’t meet
the Creative Commons guidelines for attribution which require that you:

Cite the author’s screen name (link to the author’s profile page).
Cite the work’s title or name (link the name directly to the original
Cite the specific CC license the work is under (link to the license on
the CC website).
The HTML code that Flickr provides for embedding Creative Commons images
on to other sites satisfies only one of the three guidelines for

You can however use an online tool called ImageCodr to generate embed
code that meets all the attribution guidelines of Creative Commons as
well as Flickr. Just put the URL of any Flickr image into this tool and
you get a code that satisfies all the requirements.

Here’s an example of a properly attributed image:

by Paulo Brandão

There’s little scope for errors as the tool will throw up an error
message if you try using an image that doesn’t have the CC license.
A small issue though. The author of the tool inserts an invisible link to
his website in the generated HTML code which you may want to remove prior
to using the code.

Generate Attribution Code via Bookmarklet

Flickr CC Bookmarklet (Drag this link to your bookmarks toolbar)
If you frequently use Flickr images on your site, use the above
bookmarklet to quickly generate attribution code directly from any Flickr
photo page.

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