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Google Images – Find images licensed for reuse

Lions SMiLE LicensedSMiLE is currently very busy re-designing the SMiLE website. To make things nicer we use a lot of images. Easy you think… Google images… Yes, you will find lots of nice images, but have you ever thought about the source of these pictures. For some people making great images and pictures available is a way of earning an income. We Serve and need to respect the licenses of images available on the internet.

To comply with the license you have two options.

 

Google Images Usage Filter

 

  • Go to http://images.google.com/
  • Type the image you are searching for (e.g.: Lions Clubs)
  • Click ‘Search Tools’
  • Click the usage rights accordingly (e.g.: labeled for reuse)

 
Notice that when checked ‘Labeled for reuse’ no Lions emblem images show up. This is because to Lions logo is copyrighted and you cannot reuse it without consent. Luckily as a Lion you are permitted to ‘download the official format of the emblems provided on the association’s Web site. These are the only emblems that may reproduced electronically or otherwise, including sites on the World Wide Web and other areas on the Internet.’ More information http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/resources/logos-and-art/resources-instruct-dissemination.php

SMiLE google Reuasablejpg

 

Best practice example

For example you want to add a world map to your club website coloring the past conventions countries. Search Google with ‘world map blank’ choose ‘labeled for reuse WITH modification’ (since you will color some countries thus modifying the image) and download the image of your liking.

 

Smile world map blank

 

Some more information

The images are typically ones licensed by Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation, or are items in the public domain. The “labeled for reuse” option allows you to use the image for non-commercial purposes as specified in the license. The “labeled for commercial reuse” lets you use the image commercially. The “reuse with modification” option grants you the ability to alter the image.

Many free high resolution reusable images are on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. As an example search for reusable images of your home town (e.g. my home town ‘Brugge’). Many pictures on photo sharing sites like Flickr have also free reusable licenses (read licenses). For clipart use services like openclipart.org

A Google help page describes the various licensing and usage options. https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?hl=en

Google has offered usage rights filtering for images since 2009. But until now, you had to access the Advanced Image Search page to filter your results. The new feature also helps Google catch up with Bing, which has its own image licensing filter directly accessible from your search results.

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