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Using images from free image sites

Hard lesson.

I just discovered in another article, posted on PP, that the URL for images should be listed in your posts. In other words, give credit for the site and the URL.

I have to go back over posts and add the URLs from morguefile which I'm finding is time consuming. That's why I wrote this reminder.

If you use morguefile or other free image sites like pixabay, remember that these sites, sometimes, delete old images. This could create more work for you in the future.

Also, be aware that these picture sites have images with people in them but no model release. The picture may have been taken without the permission of the person in the picture. Therefore, it may be best, if you want such an image to use ones where the face is hidden or disguised.

If you want more information on appropriate image use, search this site for advice from the owners and other professional image sites online.

For this and other reasons, many writers use their own images.

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elitecodex wrote on August 3, 2014, 12:22 AM

Did you click on the little question mark next to the image credit on the author article page? We try to explain and show examples there... sorry if you didn't see it before.

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 1:07 AM

When I first got here and clicked on the question mark, nothing happened. Maybe I did something wrong but there wasn't any instruction. Of course I was new and maybe missed it. Thank you for mentioning that; I'm sure it will be helpful to others. Appreciate a quick response.

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 1:08 AM

meant to say I appreciate your quick response...

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 1:11 AM

I checked and see the instructions now. Good thing you commented because I have clickable links to the image on some of my posts and I see that is better. So now I can stop trying to change those.
There is truly a reason for everything.

MegL wrote on August 3, 2014, 3:12 AM

Yes, the same happened to me. I didn't fully appreciate that it has to be the FULL url to the picture, not just the url to the site. Luckily I only had a few posts to change at that time and saving the correct url for posting is now second nature. :)

BarbRad wrote on August 3, 2014, 3:28 AM

elitecodex I have linked to the photographer or artist page for my Pixabay images because it was my understanding that was the desire of the one who created the image. In the Pixabay FAQ it says this about model releases: "there is a difference between editorial and commercial use. Model- and Property Releases are particularly important for commercial applications. If you are i.e. showing an image on your blog, it is non-commercial, editorial usage. In general, no release is required for such applications. "

Kasman wrote on August 3, 2014, 7:53 AM

Many people don't understand about image use on the web or the difference between the various licences or between Public Domain and the CC0 licence (as used on Pixabay), I get most of my images from Pixabay and whilst they do not require you to credit them as the source you still should (it's only polite) and in fact some blogging sites insist on accreditation for images even if they are your own. Briefly, you should name the originator of the work, the site where you found it and the licence which applies. You should also provide a clickable link to the site (so that use of the image can be easily verified). If you use your own images then a simple 'Image by the author' is sufficient.

Kasman wrote on August 3, 2014, 8:09 AM

BarbRad elitecodex - PersonaPaper is a commercial blogging site (we get paid) not an editorial site so it would seem that model releases are required - PP state on the Image Credit Help page (click on the little question mark) that PP is a commercial site and that we do get paid. This needs further clarification but I don't think anyone is in deep trouble although it would be good to get it right.

Scorpie wrote on August 3, 2014, 8:26 AM

Using your own or wikimedia commons is a sure fire way to avoid problems.

MaeLou wrote on August 3, 2014, 11:32 AM

Since you earn a "profit/income" from PP, a commercial use license is required for images here.
We need the direct link to where you found the image, not just the url of the site you got it from and the photographer who created the image.

MaeLou wrote on August 3, 2014, 11:34 AM

I understand that certain places do not require you to give credit, but WE do. We cannot verify that the image is "free for commercial use" without that link, and in return, would make our job much harder. Having a link makes our payment process faster. Without these links, your payment gets delayed since we will ask you to go back and input them prior to you getting paid.

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 2:08 PM

Thanks for clarifying. I checked my links and their policy. I provided the link to the image itself on the morguefile domain. That's all they give you under their photos. Morguefile gives you two links. One is a Jpeg url and an image url. They both have the same information in the link.

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 2:17 PM

With wikimedia commons do you need to give details also?
I think I'm going to make an image of some kind and just repeatedly use those. It won't look all that pretty or attract an audience. I can see why Getty and some of these sites are offering free photos but what is the point if you still need to provide so much information with them. Now, I know why experienced people are just using there own image or none at all. These image sites would do themselves a favor and print the URL and information in tiny print right on the photo. Makes me wonder how pinterest will keep standing. (another rambling post)

Kasman wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:04 PM

Yes indeed, but you should use the image url (the top one) that one leads you to the file page with all the relevant information on it meaning that anyone who clicks on it will find all the information needed to verify that your use of the image is ok

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:07 PM

Thank you Kasman. This is good to know. Thanks for helping me to keep some coins. I appreciate it.