Creative Commons Image Libraries Creative Commons images are a special subset of 'free images'. Creative Commons came about as a way to simplify the minefield that is 'free' content (view our listing of free stock photo sites ) and allow photographers to provide ('license') their work for free under easy to understand terms which benefit both the photographer and the user. The good people at creativecommons.org explain this better, but CC allows photographers and illustrators or creators of any content to clearly license their work, and tag it in such a way that it can be found online easily. For the image user creative commons makes it clear if the images can be used in commercial applications, if changes can be made and in ALL cases an attribution as specified by the creator must be included when the image is used. The details of this attribution are usually displayed along with the image on the source web site often in a series of icons or a link to a licence page: as an example:
Wired.com photographers have the enviable job of shooting the coolest stuff and most intriguing people in the technology world. Now we’re giving away many of those photos to you, the public, for free. Beginning today, we’re releasing all Wired.com staff-produced photos under a Creative Commons ( CC BY-NC ) license and making them available in high-res format on a newly launched public Flickr stream.
Wikis Take Manhattan III is this Saturday! Wikis Take Manhattan is a scavenger hunt and free content photography contest aimed at illustrating Wikipedia and StreetsWiki articles covering sites and street features in Manhattan and across the five boroughs of New York City. Scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2009 , this event will be a sequel to the spring 2008 Wikipedia Takes Manhattan (WTM-1) and last fall’s Wikis Take Manhattan (WTM-2) event. Check out the hoppin’ Wikipedia page for full details. The day will be sponsored by Free Culture @ Columbia , the Columbia University chapter of Students for Free Culture , in cooperation with Free Culture @ NYU , The Open Planning Project , Wikimedia New York City and Wikipedia volunteers. If you’re attending, make sure to register online here .
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Here are some recently added bits and pieces: Attribution License » 38,922,755 photos ( See more ) Attribution-NoDerivs License