For Indie Authors selling ebooks, acquiring images for book covers, websites, blog posts and more just got much easier. Flickr, one of the world’s largest online photo sharing communities, has joined forces with Creative Commons, a non-profit organization in San Francisco devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to legally share. This is similar to Open Source or Public Domain, but slightly different. With Creative Commons, the owners of the product (photography and art in this case) choose which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the use of others.
This above work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The owner of this image- http://www.flickr.com/photos/fidget-incispider/with/3490381655/.
From Flickr; We are proud to announce that – thanks to you – we now have 200 Million (and counting) public Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr. This makes us the largest CC photo repository in the world! You can browse and search those CC photos by license, or find exactly the one suitable for and available to you by using advanced search, ticking the CC checkbox, and searching for whatever image you are looking for.
From Creative Commons; In order to achieve the vision of an Internet full of open content, where users are participants in innovative culture, education, and science, we depend on the backing of our users and those who believe in the potential of the Internet. We are alive and thriving thanks to the generous support of people like you. Spread the word about CC to your friends and family, and donate to help maintain Creative Commons as a robust, long-lived, and stable organization.
Here’s how Flickr explains the options:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
Share Alike means:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
Thankfully, we now have many more images to draw from for our needs.