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Using Free and Safe Google Images

Are you looking for images and pictures for your blog? The best bet is to always take and use your own. Just because you can “right-click” on an Internet image and save it to your computer for later use, doesn’t mean that you should, in fact,  I very strongly encourage against it.

95% of people search the Internet for images, pictures, and graphics and they start their search on Google, just like you and I do. The problem is that not all pictures and images are free to use, are available under a creative-commons law, and most are copyright protected.  So now what?

Here is my recommendation for those who want to use Google for images and pictures.

1. Do your Google search as you normally would:

Beautiful Houses

2. Now, use the “advanced” search tool that Google provides over on the right:

Advanced Search Tool

3.  Very Important:
Choose the usage rights that have “Free To Use Share or Modify” and click advanced search button

Google Free and Safe Images


4.  Viola! Free and safe images for you to use on your blogs and websites.

Google Free Images and Pics

If you must search the web to find and use that perfect image or picture for your blog, make sure it’s a free and safe image or picture, and that you are doing all you can to protect yourself and abide by all the copyright rules, laws, and regulations.

Even the steps above can’t, won’t, and don’t fully protect you from lawyers and the court of law, but it’s much better and safer than the way you’re currently doing it, wouldn’t you agree…or you wouldn’t be here now right? 🙂

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Copyright Laws and You – All You’ll EVER Need To Know

I just got off the phone with Lenn Harley, one of our ActiveRain resident members and experts on the topic of Copyright, and I am excited to tell you, she’ll be joining us, (The AR Staff) “Live” this Thursday on Rain Radio. Lenn has even contacted her attorney, Paul Thaler, ESQ. from International Square in Washington DC to join us.

We’ll have as many answers as we can, to as many of the questions you may have.  Copyright, plagiarism, cut and paste emails, screen captures, jokes, recipes, clip-art, logos, cartoon photos, and anything else you can possibly think of.  This is a rare, one time shot to get your questions answered by an Attorney, and an expert who knows the laws, and your rights.

I hope all of our members will participate by either listening in, or calling in to learn and discuss this really important topic.  We are trying to clean up the community and at the same time, help protect our members and friends.  After an extensive conversation with Lenn just the other day, I can’t begin to tell you how important this is to us all.  Lenn made it a point to contact Paul to clarify a few questions we both had regarding email, screen shots, and photos, I was shocked by some of the copyright laws.  You might be too.   We’ll be sharing this information with anyone who is interested.  It’s important to know how this can, and will affect you now, and in the future.  I know for a few members, it already has.

The AR RAIN RADIO Broadcast is this Thursday, November 13th, at 11:00am PDT. It’s a one hour Talk-Show, and it will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the Copyright Laws, violations, and the repercussions of what happens if or when you get caught.  You can either use the “Live” chat, you can phone in and ask questions, or you can just listen in as we breakdown these COPYRIGHT LAWS into bite size and understandable pieces.  What questions are most important to YOU, I’d love to share them on the air?  If you have to miss this broadcast, I’ll try and post the show here after, as I’m sure we’ll be referring many here in the future.

The phone number to call in is:

Call-in Number:  (347) 677-1643

Here’s the Website To Chat or Just Listen In

About Paul Thaler:

“In 2000, Mr. Thaler successfully litigated a case of first impression in the Commonwealth of Virginia concerning the ownership of an Internet domain name.”; This was Lenn’s case.  Thank you Lenn and Paul for doing this for us, and for helping out the ActiveRain Community and the On-Line Internet World. I’m Looking forward to a fantastic hour with you both, and finally bringing some clarity to this very hot topic.  We’re honored that you would both take the time out of your busy day to share this hour with us. Thanks.

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Copyright Image Source
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EDITED and UPDATED 11/13/08
Recorded From Today’s Broadcast

If you missed today’s show, and want answers to some of these questions, just click play on the image below.  I want to thank Lenn Harley and Paul Thaler for their time today, and for sharing their wealth of information and knowledge with us all.

Here’s some of the questions we covered today:

  • Can I cut and Paste Jokes, Recipes, Cartoons etc?
  • Can I use Youtube’s embed codes on my site? Are Links ok?
  • Can I record a video or audio of a performer and post it or use the music on my own production?
  • Can I do a screen capture or use snagit, and then post about it using the image I’ve captured?
    (many of us use these for tutorials etc.)
  • How much text is considered a legal snippet from the original author?
  • I subscribe to a service that provides Newsletters, Reports, Graphs, Market Statistics – can these be posted?
  • Link backs and source – attribution. What’s required?
  • Are quotes from people OK to use just with the Authors name? EX: Quotes by famous people?
  • Are we allowed to copy images from Google Earth – to use as MLS photos or on our websites?
  • What are the fines and repercussions of copyright infringement?
  • What’s required to protect my Blog, My emails, My photos, and my originally authored content?
  • How do you know when someone has violated YOUR copyrights?
  • How do you track it?

Here’s answers to these questions and others that were addressed today on our broadcast. I hope you’ll find this information useful and valuable.  The benefits of knowing this stuff about copyright laws will help keep our network and community protected, and help keep YOU out of court and settlements.

Copyright Laws and You – Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:46:04 -0600 Download MP3 (2557 KB)

Copyright – Is It Clear and Are We Safe

Copyright Violations and Plagiarism are coming to an end, but it may not happen over night.

When you see a Police Car ahead, and you’re speeding, don’t you slow down? Hopefully Harlen will have that same impact and affect as he travels around and throughout the Network.  I have heard he’s already making a dent on AR.  His presence alone here should make a difference, knowing he’s lurking in the shadows.

This post is in response to a thread of comments I read yesterday; The Active Rain Police: So now what, everyone gets booted? Posts like Gregory Lohr’s prove that the word is out, and that the message is starting to go Viral. Carolyn Tann has also written a post in the Club Chaos Group and even emailed the members regarding this topic as well.  It all stemmed from this announcement that Harlen had arrived on the scene.

Is the message clear?  Members want Clarity and Answers.

Lenn Harley, as witnessed in the comments of Greg’s post, is very well versed in the area of copyright laws and violations.  Still not clear on Copyright?  Just go read Lenn’s Blog and all her posts on the topic.  She’s a great resource for what you can and can’t do.  Also review http://www.copyright.gov


The idea of posting jokes, poems and recipes etc. is fine, it’s your Blog, just don’t copy and paste or plagiarize others sites and other authors material.  Create your own.  Be an author, not a copycat.  It’s OK to take a small snippet, then add a link to the original source, but then write about it in your own words.  How much of a snippet is acceptable?  Great question.  I would never use more than a sentence or two max, just to be safe. (That’s just my opinion, not sure it’s a Harlen, Lenn, or copyright law)

Pictures, Graphics, Images, Screen Shots, Logos, Art work?  Simple, don’t use them unless they’re yours, or you paid for them.  Make sure you clearly understand the rules and copyright laws of the sites that offer them (questionably) for FREE.  Just be safe and not sorry.


As far as Harlan and his role here, my understanding is that he is going through ALL Blog posts, both NEW and OLD trying to help clean up our network.  All he’s requesting is that you go through your own Blog, and clean it up.  If you don’t, the penalties here are pretty stiff.  CRUSH PLAGIARISM!

  • One reason is to protect you, our member.  In my opinion, it’s better that you find your posts before Harlan does, and it’s even better if Harlen finds these posts, before the original authors do, wouldn’t you agree? Have you seen some of these fines? OMG!
  • Secondly, asking members to go through their own Blog posts and clean them up is alot easier and faster than Harlen trying to go through all of them himself.  You’re helping him, he’s helping you.
  • Thirdly, this effort makes our Community and Network a much better place and resource. We want to provide ONLY original content for our visitors.  We get over 7,000,000 visits per month.  This adds Value and Integrity to the network, and it keeps our traffic coming back while at the same time referring us to others.


One last important issue to consider about copyrighted material, you need to make sure you are copyright protecting your own content too.  Our members produce some of the best stuff on the Web, and we need to make sure we’re protecting our own content as well.  Cleaning up our Blogs is a much easier process than going out there and trying to find out who has violated us in the same manner.  Shouldn’t we be just as concerned about who’s stealing our stuff?  Yes.  Check out Copyscape.com, I see many members use this site for their AR and other Blogs.

I see a day coming soon when we will have to change Harlen’s role on AR because he will eventually help Crush Plagiarism here.  Then we’ll give him additional tasks like Smashing Spam, and Deleting Gamers etc.  Help us give Harlen that new role as soon as possible, clean up your Blogs, and get rid of anything that’s not yours.  It should be clear as day!  Keep Blogs safe, stay clear of Harlen and the Copyright Police.

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