Today that site is Flickr.
I've seen a lot of other bloggers use photos from Flickr and wondered about it. I know my dad, a photographer, uses the site to showcase some of his work. His work, however, is copyrighted. It can't be used without his expressed permission.
One of my dad's photos:
One of my photos from Flickr:
However, there are photos on Flickr you CAN use. Click explore in the tabs at the top of the page and then chose Creative Commons. It will take you here. This will explain what you can use and for what uses.
WARNING: not all creative commons licenses are good for blogs. Blogs can be considered as commercial and some of these creative commons licenses are not for use in commercial outlets.
The best to use for blogging are: (1) Attribution License, (2) Attribution-NoDerivs License, and (3) Attribbution-ShareAlike License. The others can get you into trouble. Think of it this way, if the license says "Non-Commerical" it's best NOT to use that photo.
(1) Attribution License
(2) Attribution-NoDerivs License
(3) Attribution-ShareAlike License
Wow, that was a lot of information. But, you are wiser for the information! Good luck and happy blogging. Next time I'll take a look at one of the free stock photo sites where you can download free or purchase photos to use on your blog.
Your Turn -> Do you use photos from Flickr? If so, did you know the difference between the different licenses?