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How Not To Get Sued When Using Flickr

Flickr is a wonderful place to find images to illustrate blog posts but we need to be mindful of a few rules that can keep us from getting sued for improper photo usage.

National Library NZ / Flickr

Herbert George Ponting and a telephoto apparatus in Antarctica, January 1912

All Flickr images have an accompanying license. You can find the image license by scrolling down the right hand side of the Flickr page. We cannot use images that have an “all rights reserved” license unless we have permission from the photographer. The images that we can lawfully use without fear of getting sued are images designated BY or BY/NC.

Flickr also has a variety of collections that are free use including The Commons and US Government Works.

Creative Commons (FAQ)

What Creative Commons photos can we use? 

  • Photos with an “Attribution” license — symbolized as “BY”
  • Photos with an “Attribution-Non-Commerical” license — symbolized as “BY/NC”

Adding Lawmaker/Legislation Widgets

As part of our state legislative coverage, we’ve partnered with the Sunlight Foundation to make it easy for our reporters to include information about lawmakers and bills in their WordPress posts and pages. We’ve created a tool that automatically pulls in data points from the foundation’s Open State Project and places them inside widgets.

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