How to get legal photos via Google in 5 steps?


Stored images have become a home for content creation, but finding the right image can be daunting and sometimes a legal liability, so Google has updated image search to make it easier to discover free images and how to license images you can't use for free.

Here's how to take advantage of the new changes?

  • Find the photo you want as you normally would, then head to the Photos section.

  • Click "Tools" to expand the filter menu.

  • Under "Usage Rights", you'll find the option to categorize images by their license - Creative Commons or Commercial Use.

  • One addition is that Google now displays information on how to obtain licensed image rights directly in the description.

  • If you don't select any of the Use Rights options, Google will simply return all images that fit your search criteria.

  • Images that lack license data will be flagged with a warning as images may be subject to copyright.

Note that Google only highlights image licensing details if the creator or publisher has already provided this information, so your best bet to avoid unknowingly using a copyrighted image is to filter out images that lack this information.

If you can't find the right photo on Google, you can always try searching the royalty-free photo sites.


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