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Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr is one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the planet. However, it’s not just a place to dump your pictures. I use Flickr as much, if not more, to find pictures. One of my favorite features on Flickr is the Explore Creative Commons photos. There are several different Creative Commons licenses. If you don’t know what Creative Commons licenses are, learn more before using any Creative Commons licensed content. Briefly, Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers an alternative to full copyright.
Flickr has a very handy Creative Commons search for finding content under the various licenses. Depending on what you plan to do with the images you find, you’ll need to search for content in the appropriate areas. Why not honor the golden rule and set a creative commons license on some of your original photos, too. By default, Flickr designates your uploaded photos with the ‘all rights reserved’ copyright. However, you can modify your entire account license so that every single image is Creative Commons licensed. If you prefer to modify the copyright license on selected images, change the license type under the Owner Settings of each picture by clicking on the edit link.