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Creative Commons License
Creative Commons (CC) Licenses allow you as the user of copyrighted material to use materials as the creator intended or allows. Copyright law "reserves all rights" to the copyright holder. Creative Commons License is set by the copyright holder to allow other people to use their work, based on the copyright holders preferences. You do not have to contact the copyright holder for permission to use their resources when they have provided a CC License for the work.
CC License Freedom Scale Chart
There are 6 CC Licenses that determine what you can do with a work.
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What is Creative Commons License?
You MUST provide attribution to any Creative Commons work used. TUAL is an easy way to remember how to do this.
Title of work (URL) by Author, License
You will Hyperlink both the Title and the License so that others will know where to find the image and be directed to the full license.
Gulf Fritillaries are putting on a show, by Vicki DeLoach, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Free Images on Web
You can search for images that are free for your use in several sources because the owner has offered them for your use under a Creative Commons License.
The Creative Commons image search includes more than 300 million images from openly licensed and public domain works. The images come from 19 collections, including Flickr and several museums.
flickr: Creative Commons
You can browse or search through millions of images in flickr under the different CC licenses.
Use the "Any license" drop-down filter to limit your results to the appropriate license
In Flickr, click on "Some Rights Reserved" to see what you can and cannot do with the image or photograph.
Getty Search Gateway
"Currently, there are more than 10,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program. These include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks."
When Using the Google Image search, click on Tools and then Usage rights to locate images that have been labeled with a "Creative Commons License".