Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Copyright Tip: Find Material to Use Without Permission in Google

Google, Advanced Search, Usage Rights limiter
Unless a site tells you otherwise, always assume that what you find online (in Google or otherwise) is copyrighted and subject to all the restrictions and considerations you'd apply to printed articles or books.

So how do you find material that can be used without permission? Google's Advanced Search offers a special search limiter on usage rights that can help. Input your search terms, then scroll to the bottom of the page and select the usage right that applies to how you want to use the material you find:
  • free to use or share
  • free to use or share, even commercially
  • free to use, share, or modify
  • free to use, share or modify, even commercially
For more information on this feature, see Google's Usage Rights help page.

Be aware that much more will be available for non-commercial than for commercial use. 

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