Advice needed – protocol for using images in blog posts.
I really like using images in my blog posts, and as I take lots of photos myself, I can usually find something to use, but sometimes I want an image of something that I haven’t got. For example, the other day I wanted to illustrate a point I was making with an image of someone working on a computer. I did a quick Google search and found something in Google images, and I happily saved the image and used it in my post.
Have I done something highly illegal? Is someone going to come knocking on my door very soon? I’m becoming increasingly aware of the need to credit the use of pictures and photos that I use on my blog. I always knew that you shouldn’t just save random images found on the Internet and paste them where you want them, as they belong to someone, but how do you sort out which ones you can freely use, and which ones you can’t? Are there some that you can never ever use, and are there some you can use, if you credit their source?
I’ve googled this topic, and lots of sites explain things in words that are beyond me, as I am but a simple woman, with the technology part of my brain missing. I’ve heard of something called the Creative Commons, but don’t fully understand it. Via the CC, I was pointed to various sites, including Google images, and Flickr, but I still don’t understand if I can use some images or not. Is everything on Flickr free to use? Are some google images free to use, but others not?
I’ve found a list of sites which allegedly allow you to use all images on their sites for free, such as Stocksnap, Gratisography and Picjumbo. But sometimes, when you search for a certain topic, they only have about three images, none of which are suitable.
Does anyone have a simple one syllable explanation to help me wade through the huge amount of info out there, regarding what I should or should not be doing in order to have images in my blog posts?
Here’s a blog which I found really useful. If you scroll down this blogpost and look at point 6, it refers you to another blog written by someone who actually got caught out and had to pay a fine for using an image illegally. I definitely recommend you read this….
It all sounds very scary! I would love to have advice on all of this – but remember – words of one syllable please, and don’t assume I already have knowledge in my brain……..