Peeps are telling me, “Can’t find pics to caption that are okay to use!” And the number of lols coming in is dropping!!!
There be menny sources that are purrfectly fair to use. Here be a few, plus farther down, the bare basics of how to tell if you can use sumfing or not. *crosses fingers that this will be undertsandable to non-tekkie-ytpes*
Now on Flickr – the instructions given just below apply to this, but you do’t need to do the searching part.
You can go to our own Cheezland gallery and look through the pics other cheezpeeps has sended in (link is at the top of the page). Also, feel free to send pics to add to the Gallery – but the best incentive for people to send pics is, I think, for people to see more pics from the Gallery get awsum captions and make their kittehs (goggies, ratties, emus) famous! This is easy and close to home and you even know the peeps and possibly even the kittehs (horsies, llamas, turtlols) in the pics!
How to use pictures from the Cheezland Gallery on ipernity (thx, poussinboi!)
At the top of the Cheezland page, click on the “Cheezland Gallery” tab or here (http://www.ipernity.com/doc/cheezland/album) and scroll your way around our contributors’ albums.
When you find a contributed photo you would like to caption, click on the image to open it specifically in its own page.
( like this example: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/cheezland/22615459/in/album/433397 )
(Note: if you clicked once too many then you might find your photo is now surrounded by black; simply hit ESC to return.
Look to the right side of the page for the “Actions” drop down list (it has a down arrow) and select “See all sizes”.
A page with “Available Sizes” will appear. Choose 640 (or perhaps 500) and the photo will resize. Now scroll the page and just under the photo will be a diskette image titled: “Download the 640 format of this photo” so click on that to download to your computer.
Now you are ready to caption your copy of the photo (see LOL and Pix Links here: https://cheezland.org/links/ for suitable sites to make it easy)
then email it along with all the details to email@example.com
(Full submission instructions here: https://cheezland.org/what-do-i-do/submissions/)
Go to their advanced search – scroll down towards the bottom and put checks in the boxes for “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” and “Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon”. Those pics, you can make lols from freely – but you need to send me the link to where you found it. (Email it immediately with the link in the text and you won’t have to worry about it. )
If you click on “Actions” above the picture, and go to “View All Sizes” you can save it as Medium 500 or Medium 640, then you’ll have it at the right size to send already and you don’t have to fuss around with resizing. (Alternatively, right-click on the pic and choose Medium 500 or Medium 640.)
If you want to be absolutely sure that the pic is okay to use, look down the right-hand side for where it says “License.” Click on what it says right underneath and it will explain, or look farther down for CC-license symbols and what they mean. **This is probably the best option (other than our gallery) for the non-tech-savvy and for anyone who doesn’t want to spend insane hours searching the internet or worrying about license details.**
Library of Commons
The US Library of Commons has lots of images, many of them old enough to have their copyright expire and otherwise be public domain. Go to http://loc.gov/ In the drop-down tell it “Photos, Prints, Drawings” and put in a search term. The “Rights Advisory:” heading will tell you if there are any restrictions on use.
Google – not recommended, but in case you want to try this approach
You can go to Google, click on “Images” at the top, and search for anything you like – but include “creative commons” (in quotes) in the search bar, and double-check on the site that it really is (you know what search engines are like sometimes). **I tested this with anteater “creative commons” since I wanted a pic of a baby anteater the other day and Wiki didn’t have one. I got almost 80,000 hits, but the best three in the first couple of pages were flickr images. One was all rights reserved, so we can’t use it at all – the other two are non-derivative (see below) so I can post them as-is but can’t alter the pic in any way. Searching in flickr’s advanced search would have gotten me more precise and safer results. If you use Google, BE CAREFUL. Including CC in the search doesn’t mean it will only find ones you can actually use, it only improves the odds.**
There are lots of sites out there that are posting pics pretty much indiscriminately with no credits back to the source. They generally say something like, “We don’t claim to own these, we’re just using them.” If you can at least send me the site, I’ll post these ones… but the pics you can find through the sources above are at least as good, and you can know that the photographer who took that skwee or awsum photo is getting recognized for it. And you’ll be helping Cheezland have higher ethical and legal standards than DOP. I do feel bad about nagging about credit and probably annoying people – but I’m not going to stop, sorry. It’s important, no matter what DOP seems to think.
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Creative Commons Basics
|Attribution (by)||Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.|
|Noncommercial (nc)||Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes.|
|No Derivative Works (nd)||Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.|
|Share-alike (sa)||Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work. (See also copyleft.)|
Here are the valid combinations:
|• Attribution alone (by)|
|• Attribution + NoDerivatives (by-nd)|
|• Attribution + ShareAlike (by-sa)|
|• Attribution + Noncommercial (by-nc)|
|• Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives (by-nc-nd)|
|• Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (by-nc-sa)|
“Attribution” basically means “email prysma the link to where you found it.”
If it says “No Derivatives” then you can’t make a LOL out of it – but you can send me the photo and a link for a Caption-me spot. Otherwise, if it’s CC-licensed, it’s all good to use. If you use flickr’s advanced search and check the boxes I mentioned, it will ONLY give you results that are CC-licensed and do not have the no-derivatives tag.
You’ll see, on flickr caption-me posts, at the end of the credits, something like (CC-BY, NC, ND). This is the same system as above. If it doesn’t say “ND” (No Derivatives) then feel free to add a caption and send it to me!