Flickr is one of the most popular photo management sites and many of us explore the wide variety of pictures uploaded to the site daily. Many of us also forget that those images are copyrighted and we shouldn’t copy and use the images without the owner’s permission.

To help out, Flickr now includes a section where we can search for creative commons images http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons.

Creative Commons helps authors share their knowledge and creativity with the world without giving away their copy rights. We simply have a permission to use the work but under specific terms.

Among the licensing options are:

Attribution:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.

Noncommercial icon Noncommercial:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.

No Derivative Works icon No Derivative Works:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike iconShare Alike:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

To learn more about Creative Commons, visit: http://creativecommons.org