For several years, Google Images has cataloged every image it can find on the Internet. Of course, using those images in a project is usually a violation of copyright law. Now, Google’s Advanced Image Search option has a “Usage Rights” setting that you can use to filter the results in four ways:
- Labeled for reuse
- Labeled for commercial reuse
- Labeled for reuse with modification
- Labeled for commercial reuse with modification
By choosing one of these filters, you’re much closer to being sure that you can use a specific image in a specific way without violating copyright laws.
But as Terri Stone points out at www.CreativePro.com, “Just because someone slaps a license on an image doesn’t mean that someone truly has the legal rights to do so. You’ll have to do some digging to verify the license’s accuracy.”
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.