But It’s Mine!
Suppose you took a fantastic photo with your digital camera, and you put it up on the web. You would be very proud of it, and you would be right to be proud of it.
Now, suppose some thief came along, stole it, and made lots of money from it? You wouldn’t be very happy, would you?
No, I didn’t think you would be.
So When Is It Okay to Copy Stuff?
You can copy things when the owner says you can. They might tell you that you need to say where you got it from, and how you can use it. Look at that picture just above. The owner (Purdue University) is very happy for me to put in this blog, because they said I could provided that I said where it came from “(Image courtesy Purdue University)” and I wasn’t going to sell it.
Creative Commons is a way that people are happy to share their stuff with you provided that follow the Creative Commons rules that apply. You quite often see an image that looks like this:
This is almost the same license as the one for the thief image.
Always be sure to read the Creative Common license for any pictures or words that you want to use yourself. If you are unsure, ask someone!
Where Can I Get Pictures?
You may have heard of Flickr. It has lots of pictures that you can use under a Creative Commons license. When I entered this:
I found this:
The photographer (Jinterwas) has asked that she is acknowledged as the photographer, so here is a link to her web pages on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jinterwas/.
If you click here, you will see where Jinterwas put the original photo, and you will also see a link to the license:
If you click on that “License” link, it will tell exactly what you are allowed to do with her photo.
You can get to the Flickr web site by clicking on this link.
For More Information
For an excellent post by Ronnie Burt on what you can and cannot use, have a look at this link.
Phil Hart (https://philhart.edublogs.org/)