Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Proper Attribution for Creative Commons Photos

It is easy to find photos with a Creative Commons license which allow one to legally use the photos in blogs and on Websites, etc.  But how does one give proper credit and document that one has legal permission to use?

After much research, it appears that at minimum, one should indicate the photographer, the Creative Commons license and link to page where found and/or photographer's profile page on Flickr.  So the minimum attribution for the photo below from Flickr would be   Photo used under Creative Commons license from cronegeek.  (Note Flickr wants one to provide a link back to Flickr. And many other web sites also want you to provide a link back to page where photo appears.)

Alternatively, when working with Flickr photos, one can use the app at to produce a photo with the attribution at the bottom as seen below.  [For this photo I displayed the small size at Flickr and then input the URL for the small size page into]

On the Get Code page at there is a button that you can drag to the toolbar on your Web browser for instant access to Imagecodr..

To search for images with a Creative Commons license one can go to
  • where you can conduct searches from Google Images, Flickr, and other places and have your results limited to only images with Creative Commons license. You can also specify whether you want images that can be modified (legally) and/or used commercially (legally).
  • which also searches just Flickr, but tends to give more images than either of the sites above. 
Updated 1/26/17 to use newer, current ImageCodr attribution code.


  1. Photo in Comments? This is a test to see if I can post a photo in the Comments section (using same photo as above from Flickr). Here I will try the Grab HTML Code from Share button on the main photo display page at Flickr.

    Below I will try the BB Code option, supposedly designed for use in Forums and Comments, under Share at Flickr for same photo.

    Neither of these codes worked to insert a picture. Blogger informed me that both were unacceptable HTML code because "IMG" tag is not allowed.

  2. Here I will try inserting the same photo as in main post using just the URL from Flickr, i.e., I note that this approach does not result in photo appearing in Comments either.