Flickr is a good source. Use the advanced search feature to filter for Creative Commons Licensed images. Many publishers allow their work to be reused for commercial purposes. Depending on the Creative Commons License applied you will often times even be free to create derivatives of the original.
Further to that, place an acknowledgement in the footer of a page where you use the images indicating source as well as a link and/or acknowledgement on the site's copyright page if you have one. I wouldn't link out on each page. Just something simple like "Images Sourced From Joe Smith at Flickr". A more detailed explanation can be added on the copyright page.
Sometimes one can get lucky, depending on the theme of the written content, to find a whole library to match a need.
Having fallen foul of paying for images and subsequently finding out the seller didn't have the rights to sell, i'm cautious about obtaining images from anywhere but well-known resources.
Why not consider taking some pictures yourself? That way you'll know who owns the copyright.
Thanks for your suggestions.
|place an acknowledgement in the footer of a page where you use the images indicating source as well as a link and/or acknowledgement on the site's copyright page if you have one. |
I want to use these images on our Facebook page to support our articles. Where should we include an acknowledgment? Will it suffice if we add an acknowledgement after our 'About Us' text?
|Why not consider taking some pictures yourself? That way you'll know who owns the copyright |
Do you mean click pictures on our own?
>Do you mean click pictures on our own?
Yes, why not. If you don't trust the quality of your own photography, how about employing a local photographer?
Engine's comments just reminded me of something else concerning sourcing images from Flickr. I've noticed in some instances that the media owner will have applied 2 types of licensing to their works.
I've seen instances where a Creative Commons License is applied while simultaneously making the images available for commercial licensing via Getty. Now that obviously has a potential problem brewing knowing that for Getty < insert your own descriptive word here, begins with 'e' > is a business practice. I'd steer away from those.
|Where should we include an acknowledgment? |
Where ever. It doesn't need to be in a prominent position and a smaller font is what I use. Just something discrete. Page footers are usually a good place and in a font colour with less contrast to the background -- not to point of making it nearly invisible. Just mush it up enough to have it there without necessarily needing to bring attention to it other than for those who are specifically looking for it.
That's a good idea. Depending on the costs involved, we might just consider clicking pictures on our own.
|I'd steer away from those. |
In such a case, how do we make sure that we don't fall into such a trap? This is confusing!
|In such a case, how do we make sure that we don't fall into such a trap? |
By knowing the potential exists and steering away from it.
As an added level of documentation consider contacting the publisher, inform them of which images you are going to use, which websites they are going to be on, and ask for an acknowledgement via email. Then save the email for as long as you have the images up.
If some day you get an extortion letter demanding proof of purchase inform the extortionist you'll provide it to the judge when the three of you get together for milk and cookies.
It looks like there is some confusion over the term "Creative Commons Licensing" as used here. Creative Commons licensing does not mean images are free to use for commercial ends, there are different levels of Creative Commons licensing. CC3 for example, means anyone is free to copy and share the work for personal use with attribution, but no commercial use is permitted. Every image I upload has a CC3 copyright watermark. Doesn't prevent abuse. There are many reputable image brokers where you can get all the images you might need for mere pennies and they are legal to use. Getty is the biggest and not necessarily the most ethical IMHO.
|Creative Commons licensing does not mean images are free to use for commercial ends, there are different levels of Creative Commons licensing. |
Right. My comments are based on an assumption that someone scouting the images will ensure they have selected ones that are free for commercial use under the appropriate form of licensing. It's clearly indicated in the right-hand sidebar.
Of course there are commercial sources but the OP:
|I would like to go by the book, and so, I am looking for free resources, (if any) that provide access to images? |
My posts are to address his want for free ones.