One of the simplest ways to find images with Creative Commons licensing is to use a Google Image search and choose the license that most closely matches what you intend to do. Even after locating an image this way, be sure to check the source of the image to verify what restrictions, if any, the creator has placed on its use.
To use Google this way:
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What is a creative commons license?
A Creative Commons (CC) license allows the owner of a image, literature piece or some other creative work to grant specific copyright persmissions for the use of their work. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright; the license enables the copyright holder to modify the copyright terms to best suit their needs.
Types of Creative Commons Licenses:
About the licenses - creative commons Retrieved 9/4/2012, 2012, from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Attribution CC BY
The Attribution license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
The Attribution-ShareAlike license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND
The Attribution-NoDerivs license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.