Using pictures that are not copyright

LegendStarred Page By Legend, 24th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3bs_-ifw/
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People want to use pictures in their articles without copyright infringement. The are a few ways to go about this. There are links to helpful websites with pictures.

Avoiding copywright pictures

Everyone knows that adding pictures to your writing adds greatly to the article quality. Pictures can make the reading experience more fun and add greatly to the productivity of an article. Undoubtedly the age old axiom that a picture is worth a thousand words is still very true.
Stealing other peoples work is illegal and unethical. For this reason, most content websites require that people not use pictures and content that is not theirs to make use of. There are several ways that one can go about this.

Create your own pictures

The simplest and most obvious way to create material which is legally yours to use is to make it yourself. This could be as simple as taking a picture with your digital camera, drawing a picture yourself, or even far more complex things like building scenes out of clay and then photographing them. This is great for articles where you have the time and patience to do everything from scratch but often enough you can't - for various reasons.

Free stock photos

Lets say you want a picture of the Taj Mahal in your article. Well maybe you have been there or maybe you are talented enough to make a model of it and use that. Maybe you haven't. In that case, you should turn to the Internet for help. There are many sites with free stock photos available that you can use. Whenever you do use such a photo, the most important thing is to give credit where credit is due. These sites aren't just trying to help you. They put time and effort into collecting and publishing those photos that you want. The price they ask, is that you credit them appropriately. Usually this is as simple as giving the email address if the website and the URL of the photo. Any other sort of picture on the web - be it from a website, Google pictures or any other source - should first be verified before you use it. It is best to go for things which have been labeled "public domain" and thus not copyrighted in any way. Respectable websites like Wikinut and others will not appreciate it if you place them in the uncomfortable position of copyright infringement suits!

A few examples of safe photo websites

Here are some websites where you can find good free photos that you can use for your articles and stories:
http://www.copyrightfreephotos.com
www.free-stockphotos.com
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
http://www.clker.com
http://www.pdclipart.org

A picture of President Obama

As a case in point I will now attach a photo of President Obama from "http://www.clker.com"
Please note that I am crediting the website for providing the photo and that it was uploaded by Robert Rooke. This I have done even though the picture has been classified as public domain and therefore does not require citation. Nonetheless, I still believe in giving credit where credit is due

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Copywright, Picture, Pictures

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I am a practicing physician. I have spent 5 years in Yeshiva studying religion. I published a card game on wikinut and I am in a process of getting divorced

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author avatar Legend
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Oh, wow! I got a Star page! Thanks for the appreciation!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Legend. I depend on Google Image for the variety but always give credit - siva

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author avatar Legend
24th Sep 2012 (#)

You are very welcome. The problem with Google image is that credit may not be enough and you have to check certifications some owners will only allow you to use their pictures if you pay them

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Legend, noted - siva

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author avatar Robb714
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Good advice Legend. Article "lifting" just gets my goat but apparently is tolerated on some content sites, this one in particular.

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author avatar Susan Jane
19th Feb 2013 (#)

Great information. Copyright is a legal issue and nobody wants to land in trouble for improper use of digital photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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