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Copyright: Use Creative Commons to Find Images

A Shared Culture (Creative Commons)

Creative Commons Image Search

Using Creative Commons to find images of adorable livestock for reuse on a website.

  • Check the Use for Commercial Purposes and the Modify, Adapt or Build Upon boxes.
  • Choose Google Images as my search service (CC is not an image repository).
  • Enter Highland Cow as my search terms.

Browse through my results until I find something that I like. Notice my CC search set the Google Images search to Labeled for Reuse with Modification. (I could have gone directly to Google Images Advanced Search but Creative Commons lists other search engines I often forget about.)

One of the examples links to an image (on Flickr)


Under the photo it states Some rights reserved. That links us to more information about what we can and cannot do with this image.


The creator allows users to copy, modify and share the original photo, but only for non-commercial use, and as long as credit is given to them as the original creator, their licensing terms are provided, and any changes to the original photo are noted.

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