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creative-commons-zeroOne of the most common questions I get when preaching about the myriad virtues of blogging for your business or organisation is, where can I find pictures?

What if I told you there is now a growing body of completely rights-free photography that you can access easily?

There is, and it is called Creative Commons 0 and Public Domain, and Flickr is building a library of both.

This will certainly complement the offerings of open use content you can find by going to search.creativecommons.org, entering your topic, then choosing a source, like Flickr for images, YouTube for video or SoundCloud for music/audio.

The sky’s the limit when blogging now

One of the first producers of photography to embrace this new rights regime has been SpaceX.

Earlier this month they converted all the photographs of their European space program to Public Domain.

This means that if you need incredible images of rockets, stars, space, you now have a library that is out of this world, literally!

Really? Am I free to use these photos?

The short answer is yes.

Here is the explanation of Creative Commons 0 from the Creative Commons website:

CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law. In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and database protection, and the exclusive rights automatically granted to creators – the “no rights reserved” alternative to our licenses.

It is early days for this new licensing regime, so you might not find many images just yet, but if you follow my guide to using Flickr photos in your blogging, you will start to see numbers of work grow.

Of course, nothing beats developing your own media habit and using your smart phone to grab a range of images for later use yourself, but if you like having it done for you, the countdown to your picture odyssey is underway.

10, 9, 8, 7 ….

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