Add Images Responsibly - Google and Wikipedia Images
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Google is undoubtedly the most popular search engine on the Internet. Widely popular and easy to use, many find what they seek through Google. If you’re looking for downloadable images, there’s almost nothing easier than the friendly Google Image search.
You type in what you want and voila - Google returns a list of viewable results, pictures galore. You click, you save, you’re done….right?
When using the Google Image search, pay careful attention to those results - you’ll see the pertinent information right at the top of the page.
“Image may be scaled down and subject to copyright.” That’s right; even Google doesn’t offer everything for free. Always be careful when downloading pictures on the Internet, and make sure the photos you use really are free for the public use (public domain, royalty-free, non-copyrighted photos, etc.).
If you do a lot of searching on the Internet, you’re probably highly familiar with Wikipedia. This popular online encyclopedia offers text on almost every topic and famous persona the world has known. Almost every Wikipedia entry is accompanied by a photo -- usually really great ones.
Since Wikipedia is an encyclopedia full of free information and made for public use, doesn’t that mean you can download their images for free, too?
Wikipedia allows users to check each image (simply click on it), and you can easily learn its copyright status (see examples). Read the rules and warnings carefully before proceeding with Wikipedia images, and don’t assume that they’re all free.
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