If you’re looking for photos to use on your blog on in a publishing project, you need to add Photo Pin to your bookmarks. This delightful search engine will search Flickr for Creative Commons images matching your search criteria. Search results are displayed as thumbnails which link to a larger preview of the image and a panel with download options and attribution information.
Photo Pin is a delightful way to find just the right photo for your project. Warning: It can also be very distracting.
From the press release . . .
This announcement comes at the end of a two-year development and consultation process, but in many ways, it began much earlier. Since 2007, CC has been working with legal experts around the world to adapt the 3.0 licenses to local laws in over 35 jurisdictions. In the process, CC and its affiliates learned a lot about how the licenses function internationally. As a result, the 4.0 licenses are designed to function in every jurisdiction around the world, with no need for localized adaptations.
View entire press release at Creative Commons.
If you look down the sidebar on any of my blogs, you will see the Creative Commons graphic. Follow the link to the license information and you will be pleasantly surprised that the license text is written in plain language. There is also a legal version of the license at the Creative Commons site and machine readable version (so search engines and web apps can identify licensed work).
While I do want credit for the works I create, I don’t mind if others use my works in their own creations. This is especially true in my family history projects. That doesn’t mean you have unlimited rights to my publications or postings or that you can claim them as your own. Creative Commons offers the flexibility to create a license that suits my needs. For example, the short name for my license is “attribution-share alike” which means you can use my stuff if your work includes credit to me and the work you create using my stuff will also be licensed to share to others. I don’t limit the number of copies you can have, keep you from giving my work to someone else or make you ask my permission to use my stuff. All I want is credit for my efforts and that you don’t try to lock my work up by including it in an “all rights reserved” copyrighted publication.
The beauty of Creative Commons is that it gives you the flexibility to determine how your work can be distributed. There are several different options you can incorporate into the license you use. Will you allow commercial use? modifications of your work? How will others attribute the work to you? At all times you retain copyright to your work.
Whether you are building an original work and including family treasures or offering scanned copies of existing photos and documents, Creative Commons gives you the opportunity to choose how those works can be used by others. Visit the Creative Commons site to learn more.
Like most of us, I’m dazed and confused when it comes to music and copyright laws. After the nasty episode where Universal went after a family who posted a video of their baby dancing to a Prince song, I’m very careful what I use online. Fortunately, not all music is controlled by the big record labels and, thanks to Creative Commons, it’s possible to find some great music that can be used when creating a multimedia family history project.
A good place to start is Creative Commons search page. I’m looking for Christmas music I can use for several projects I’m planning and a quick search using Creative Commons gave me dozens of useful sources.
Make sure you pay attention to the Creative Commons license used with any music. At the very least, the license will require attribution and many require that the work you create using their music must be licensed to be shared also.
As a side note . . . I was surprised to see iStockPhoto show up in this search offering thousands of royalty-free audio clips. The clips are awesome – and expensive. I don’t think I’ll get enough use out of a track – no matter how good it is – to justify spending $40 or more.