Google Now Shows “Usage Rights” for Images

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, “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.”