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Which Photos And Images Can You Use On Your Website?

Need a photo or image that you can use on your website?

You have a few choices…

  1. You can buy images at places like or
  2. You can use free photos or images, provided you attribute the original author.

How do you know if you can use a photo on your website?

The photo or image must have a Creative Commons License. There are over 227 million creative commons licensed photos available for anyone to use (free of charge).

What is a Creative Commons License?

Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work.

A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, or build upon a work that they have created.

What Does a Creative Commons License Allow?

Every Creative Commons License applies worldwide, it lasts for the duration of the work's copyright, it is non-revocable and not exclusive.

Every Creative Commons license allows you to copy the work, distribute the work, display it publicly, make it digital and change the work into a different format (jpg to png).

Creative Commons License Conditions

The details of each of these licenses depend on it's version, and comprise a selection of the following four conditions:

  • Attribution (BY) – You may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if you give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.
  • Non-Commercial (NC) – You may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works (ND) – You may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.
  • Share Alike (SA) – You may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work.

NOTE: A license cannot feature both the Share Alike and No Derivative Works options. The Share Alike requirement applies only to derivative works.

What Do You Want To Use a Creative Commons Photo For?

If you want to use a Creative Commons photo on your blog (where you sell products)
BY, BY-SA and BY-ND Creative Commons license allows you to use it, but you can't use a NC Creative Commons licensed photo.

If you want to modify the Creative Commons photo and use it on your blog
BY, BY-NC, BY-SA and BY-NC-SA Creative Commons license allows you to use it, but you can't use a ND Creative Commons licensed photo.

The Graphic Below Gives You More Detail…

How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter


Please note that all current Creative Commons Licenses require that you attribute the original author(s).

I believe that providing this attribution is very fair, considering that you are saving money by not having to buy a photo and it is a great shortcut.

Attribution under the post seems to be the most popular method and most of your readers will never click these attribution links. Hopefully the details in the graphic above have made it clear how to provide great attribution.

Please let me know if you liked this by leaving your comments, questions and feedback below…

About the Author Ian McConnell

Ian is a successful offline and online entrepreneur with over 20 years of marketing and business experience. He is very passionate about living a life with time, income and location freedom. Find out more about Ian McConnell >>

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