It just got easier to source licensable images on Google

by WarriorForum.com Administrator
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A new article on Search Engine Journal reports Google just announced it followed up with a promise it made six months ago to make changes to Google Image search results. Back in February, site owners were given ample notice of the changes so they could provide structured data or IPTC photo metadata which allows potential users of images to identify how images can be legally used elsewhere.

If you're an image provider:

Once you've updated your visual content to include the appropriate information to potential users, you can use Google Search Console or the Rich Results tool to check everything is working ok. Google updated both tools to include testing options back in July. Google can't provide accurate license details unless providers update their content to provide that.



If you're an image user:

As the above screenshot shows, Google has begun to show a "Licensable" label in Google Image search results, making it far clearer what's usable and how to go the correct way about doing that.

When you click on an image with the label, you'll also get provided with a link to its license details, and another link to where you need to go to get that licence - but only if image owners provide those details.

What Google says:

Google says, "Finding the right image to use, and knowing how to use that image responsibly, isn't always a simple task. After collaborating closely with image creators, stock image providers and digital content associations, we're launching several new features on Google Images to address this need. We believe this is a step towards helping people better understand the nature of the content they're looking at on Google Images and how they can use it responsibly."
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

    Google can't provide accurate license details unless providers update their content to provide that.
    And as pointed out in a current thread about using Google Images, there is nothing stopping a person from stealing images and then saying they are free to take. Google doesn't know if an image is free to use or not.

    I've personally run across this situation so be careful.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    I don't know where you're searching from, but that "feature" is definitely not showing on Google Australia's SERPs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Then Vs Now
      Can i use some free images for pixabay. Is is copyrighted or not?
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        When you're on pixabay or pexels.com or any other website like these, they tell you on the site what rights they're giving away.



        Here's the page of pixabay: https://pixabay.com/blog/posts/pixab...hat-is-not--4/


        PS Google is your friend, remember that.



        Originally Posted by Then Vs Now View Post

        Can i use some free images for pixabay. Is is copyrighted or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author smashcreate
    I didn't get your point. Can we use licensable images for free? Is there any issue of copyright?
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by smashcreate View Post

      I didn't get your point. Can we use licensable images for free? Is there any issue of copyright?
      Licensable doesn't mean free to use. It means you are able to acquire a licence from the copyright owner to use an image. The copyright owner might charge you for that or place other restrictions on the use. Stock image sites such as Shutterstock operate on this basis.

      Other sites, such as Pixabay, generally allow free-of-charge use of the images they feature and most of those are available for unrestricted or commercial use.

      If you want free images, make sure they're copyright-free and always check the conditions of usage. Again, if you go to a site like Pixabay, those conditions will be clearly laid out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    So if providers don't update their details and google cannot confirm whether or not the images are licensed does that mean I cannot use the images ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
      Originally Posted by Jamell View Post

      So if providers don't update their details and google cannot confirm whether or not the images are licensed does that mean I cannot use the images ?
      The point in all this is that all of us need to know where our pictures, PLR, etc. come from. We run the risk of violating copyright or other license terms by downloading anything from unknown people. Many people on this forum don't care and they are fine stealing, or they'll just change domain names if they are caught and go on to their next scam.

      All Google is doing is giving folks a way to do a first search (in my opinion). We still have to make sure we are allowed to use them regardless of what Google says, which is just whatever the person who uploaded the pic says who may not be the copyright holder or legally able to give us a license for anything.

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