For The Love Of Creative Commons

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I love taking photos and I love Flickr.

Bee In Flight By Jeff Turner, respres on FlickrWhat I love almost as much as taking photos is finding that someone has used one of my photos in their blog posts. All of my public photos on Flickr give you permission for use, so long as you give attribution. I do this via the Creative Commons license. If you take lots of local photos, it's a great way to get exposure beyond your blog.

Some of what I consider my favorite photos, like the one to the right, have never been used via the Creative Commons. And, I think you'll see from the uses below, the photos that were chosen by others to illustrate their posts are not "award winning" photography.

I've written before about using the flickr creative commons as a way to connect with local photographers. It's a way to put YEO in action. Anyone who sets their photos to this level of sharing is happy to see their photos used. Me included. I monitor the use of the my online nickname, "respres", via my Google feed reader so I can find as much of it as possible. Lately I've been getting a nice little surpise about once a day. I thought I'd show you how the creative commons process works when it is used correctly and give a few of these writers some AR link love in the process. :)

Here are a few places my photos have shown up in the past few weeks. It's interesting to see the different contexts in which the photos have been used.

A Photo Of A Foreclosure Sign

The Zoo: Sign Of The Times

Redfin: All Aboard The Foreclosure Bus

Get Home Denver Team: Demystifying Real Estate Investing

Consumerist: More Than 1 Million Homes Are Now In Foreclosure

The AM Law Daily: This Week In Law

FrugalDad: 75 Tips To Survive In A Down Economy

A Photo Of Hiking In Los Angeles

10 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

A Photo Of LA Traffic

Metblogs LA: Putting The Tiger In Your Tank On A Diet

The Good Human: Have You Started Turning Your Car Off At Red Lights To Save Gas?

A Photo Of My Shattered iPhone Screen

Consumerist: The New iPhone Is $160 More Expensive Than The $399 iPhone It Replaced. What?

Loquor: Shattered iPhone Screen

A Photo From An Internet Meetup

Douglas E. Welch: Join Us For Morning Tech Talk At The Doctor's Note Get-Together

A Photo Of Six Flags Magic Mountain Cybercafe

Andy.KBC.MY: I'm AT A Stupid Cybercafe


UPDATE Friday, June 20: Here is one I was alerted to this morning. I'm posting it here because it's a topic close to my heart. :) This "photo" was actually a screen capture of my email restoring.

Could You Go Emai-Free Once A Week?

Comments (111)

Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

Even though I am frightened of bees and allergic to them, I love love this photo! I know we need the bees in our lives too. Thanks for the infomation. I will check it out. Angelica

Oct 26, 2009 08:41 AM
Patty Hill, Broker Associate
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Jeff, thanks for this post.  I have not tried Flicker but will check it out!  Beautiful photo!

Nov 08, 2009 09:10 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's an old post, but I found it very useful still.  Thanks for everything.

Feb 16, 2010 08:08 AM
Douglas Harland
Century21 J.C. Jones American Dream - Grants Pass, OR
Southern Oregon

Hi Jeff, Thanks for the post. I have not been to Flicker for awhile.

Apr 07, 2010 08:37 PM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Man Oh Man Hubba...

You're like a spam magnet :)

Every single *term* spam is in my email :)


Jul 11, 2010 01:51 AM
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Great photos & post! 

Dec 03, 2010 01:28 AM
Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

Thanks for the post - love the photos on Flicker and the bee in this photo seems almost 3D!

Dec 29, 2010 10:40 AM
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Jeff this is a simple, yet great article on the versitility of Flickr.  I love the bee photo, it is awesome!

Feb 01, 2011 12:21 AM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

jeff, it is refreshing to read your blog about your photos and flickR. when i read people getting so P.O'd that their pix were used... i ask myself, well whyleave them on flickR type sites? and post them all over without copyright symbols or watermarks?... hello>?

great pic and i look forward in seeing more of your blogs>>>

Mar 10, 2011 08:41 PM
John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes

I am not a big fan of bees but they are fun to watch when going flow to flower in my flower bed. :)

Nov 27, 2011 11:08 PM
Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Wow!  Just wow!  When I am fortunate enough to retire, I would love to take up photography!  Beautiful pic!

Mar 03, 2012 12:21 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Jeff,

I post pictures on Flickr but did not know we could get free images on their site. Interesting....thanks for the tip as sometimes I need something and do not have time to run out and shoot it. I love your bee photo. Perfect!

Apr 16, 2012 01:01 PM
Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Hi Jeff, I see that putting photos on Flickr in the creative commons gets your photos used, but do you make any money doing it or does it lead to any photo jobs or money for you or is it just for fun for you?  great bee! Thanks, Roberta

Sep 15, 2012 04:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

wow - you are showing up in some very diverse locations! You are as busy as a bee! great photo

Mar 17, 2014 01:34 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Wow, a comment after two years. :)

Mar 27, 2014 07:14 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Turner  You are sorely missed

Nov 05, 2014 06:56 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

That was very sweet, Hannah Williams, thank you. 

Nov 05, 2014 07:02 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Turner You are very welcome and it is very true

Nov 05, 2014 07:04 AM
Emelyn Morris-Sayre
The Berkshire Group - Lakewood, CO
CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116

Real Estate is my is my passion!  I am finally pursuing my photography....juried shows and galleries.  I haven't used Flickr but your blog has inspired me to add this resource.  Thank you and I look forward to more posts.

Dec 10, 2014 07:44 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

This was such an interesting read, glad I found it.

Aug 01, 2020 09:22 PM