Free Photos At The Flickr Of A Mouse

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Because of a brilliant movement called Creative Commons, you can be creative on your blog and still live guilt free.

housesThe subject of copyright abuse has come up many times here on ActiveRain. I know others have probably written about this exact topic, but I have never given it much thought, since I subscribe to some pricey stock photo services and like to write my own stuff.

The Project Blogger effect: how to videos 

When the Project Blogger process began, Julie Ferenzi wanted to know where to find good, free, stock photo content for her Living In Plainfield Illinois blog. She's not alone. We get this question a great deal at our customer service desk. So, since Julie and I are thousands of miles away from each other, sometimes we talk on the phone, sometimes via IM, sometimes we use GoToMeeting so I can show her what I'm talking about, and sometimes I just record what I'm doing on screen. I'm finding that doing the latter not only allows me to help Julie, but others as well. 

The three photos you see here on the side were found using a Creative Commons only advanced search on Flickr. The search term was "house" and I limited the search to only Creative Commons-licensed photos. I also limited the search to those I could use commercially and could modify, adapt or build upon. Adding the borders, in my opinion, is modifying. That's probably open for some debate. It looks like this:

creative commons search

All of the photos photos found in the search simply require that I give credit to the phtographer. This is called attribution. I have done so for these three at the bottom of this post.

Some Creative Commons licenses require attribution and can be shared freely. Others forbid commercial use or forbid that any derivatives be made from them. These rights are clearly spelled out in each flickr members account and a full resource for Creative Commons definitions as they pertain to Flickr can be found here.

So, to I decided to kill three birds with one stone on this one. I wanted to answer questions about photos that come into our customer service desk, help Julie locate good photos for her blog and share the information with you as well. You're going to be seeing a lot more of these "How To" videos come down the pike from me.

Watch the Flickr Creative Commons Search How To Video.

Want To Know The History Of Creative Commons?

This is a very creative video about the history. It's a great video, really. It's actually inspirational. I have been playing it in the background as I write this post... as inspiration.

The Creative Commons movement brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "taking creative license."  :)

Photos: Crab by Drown, Houses by eymon, White House by TopTechWriter.US

 

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Rainer
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Scott Mosher
Northstar Realty Sales - Lincoln, NH
Loon Mountain Real Estate, Lincoln & Woodstock NH

Jeff,

In the words of another New Hampshire Realtor (Joan Whitebook),you really DO "epitomize the true sense of community". Watched the "How To" video you provided, going to go through the site in more detail, and will, undoubtedly, add some of my own White Mountain photos to their collection. Have subscribed to your blog, bookmarked multiple pages of yours, ranked several posts (all 5's of course!), and just cannot thank you enough for being so giving through all of the insights you provide us with!

Oh yeah, as Deborah Burns said, I, too, would like to see some photos of those chocolate-covered children of yours ... and I hope you guys had a fatastic holiday!!!

Apr 10, 2007 06:06 AM #57
Rainmaker
1,208,994
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Scott... thank you. I'm flattered and honored at the same time!
Apr 10, 2007 06:25 AM #58
Ambassador
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

(SVW Hubba}...

Now THAT was fun. See. I told you I'd be back. Not only am I back I brought something with me.

What's great about this is that I didn't hijack it. But I did hijack the Hubba Egg Head :)

Do you know that this new toy will probably save me from a lawsuit? I think the folks at Google know I'm hijacking images :)

 

 

 

 

 

ROARING without Infringing :)

Elderberry? Come on Ben. Give it a rest :)

Apr 10, 2007 07:33 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
:)
Apr 10, 2007 07:56 AM #60
Rainer
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Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Jeff, as always, GREAT information and GREAT post.  Thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge.
Apr 10, 2007 02:34 PM #61
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Theresa, truly it's my pleasure. I really enjoy making the How To videos.
Apr 10, 2007 03:21 PM #62
Rainer
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Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater Beach, FL
Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale
Jeff thanks or the additional resource for photos - that is a real issue in keeping posts interesting so I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing
Apr 10, 2007 06:24 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Jack, my pleasure.

 

Apr 11, 2007 04:00 PM #64
Rainer
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Duayne Weir
Investment Realities LLC/MarketLink Realty - Ham Lake, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Agent

Jeff,

Thanks for the informative post I'm bookmarking this!! For future reference!!

Good Day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

 

Apr 11, 2007 05:34 PM #65
Rainer
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Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
ZipRealty, Inc. - Huntington Beach, CA

Jeff,

Did you see the Kodak Moment?

 

Happily they have the Kodak v705 wide angle.
Apr 11, 2007 06:43 PM #66
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Duayne, my pleasure.

Mike, yes! I watched it a couple of days ago. Just an awesome spot!

Apr 12, 2007 10:35 AM #67
Rainer
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Kay Perry
Kay Perry, Broker - College Station, TX
What amazing photos.  Didn't know about Creative Commons.  Will go there for a visit. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 17, 2007 07:55 AM #68
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Kay... I think you'll like what you find. The creative commons element of Flickr is one of the best reasons to use it. 
Oct 18, 2007 01:28 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate

Hey, Jeff.  I'm so grateful Cheryl Johnson sent me over to this specific blog!  I've been in need of good photos and she wanted me to check this out.  I'll have to bookmark it as well!  Love the egg...wonder how it'd look with a house image...kind of like a nest egg, only a house....

Dec 15, 2007 01:59 PM #70
Rainmaker
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Tina Maraj
RE/MAX Cornerstone - Fullerton, CA
Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901

Hey Jeff,

I just signed up.I have been away from Ar for a few weeks. I always check in with you to get The Latest!

Thanks, Happy Holidays

Dec 16, 2007 02:36 AM #71
Anonymous
Husac

 

Hi!

You can use my photos for free at http://freeartisticphotos.com  - all of them are taken by me and made Public Domain ; hope you enjoy them!

 

Cheers, Husac!

I hope that you found it interesting!

May 19, 2008 09:35 PM #72
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jeff, this is very informative and I will be using it regularly.  Thanks!

May 22, 2008 07:22 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Michael Sahlman
www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

Thanks Jeff. Will have to investigate all this further. it seems like really good stuff. New to Flickr and have to learn it all.

Nov 16, 2008 12:23 AM #74
Rainmaker
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Michael, just be sure to give credit as the license indicates and you have a treasure trove of great content.

Nov 17, 2008 12:34 AM #75
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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CLICK

Yup. It sucked.

Nov 17, 2008 11:16 AM #76
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