For The Love Of Creative Commons

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I love taking photos and I love Flickr.

Bee In Flight By Jeff Turner, respres on FlickrWhat I love almost as much as taking photos is finding that someone has used one of my photos in their blog posts. All of my public photos on Flickr give you permission for use, so long as you give attribution. I do this via the Creative Commons license. If you take lots of local photos, it's a great way to get exposure beyond your blog.

Some of what I consider my favorite photos, like the one to the right, have never been used via the Creative Commons. And, I think you'll see from the uses below, the photos that were chosen by others to illustrate their posts are not "award winning" photography.

I've written before about using the flickr creative commons as a way to connect with local photographers. It's a way to put YEO in action. Anyone who sets their photos to this level of sharing is happy to see their photos used. Me included. I monitor the use of the my online nickname, "respres", via my Google feed reader so I can find as much of it as possible. Lately I've been getting a nice little surpise about once a day. I thought I'd show you how the creative commons process works when it is used correctly and give a few of these writers some AR link love in the process. :)

Here are a few places my photos have shown up in the past few weeks. It's interesting to see the different contexts in which the photos have been used.

A Photo Of A Foreclosure Sign

The Zoo: Sign Of The Times

Redfin: All Aboard The Foreclosure Bus

Get Home Denver Team: Demystifying Real Estate Investing

Consumerist: More Than 1 Million Homes Are Now In Foreclosure

The AM Law Daily: This Week In Law

FrugalDad: 75 Tips To Survive In A Down Economy

A Photo Of Hiking In Los Angeles

10 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

A Photo Of LA Traffic

Metblogs LA: Putting The Tiger In Your Tank On A Diet

The Good Human: Have You Started Turning Your Car Off At Red Lights To Save Gas?

A Photo Of My Shattered iPhone Screen

Consumerist: The New iPhone Is $160 More Expensive Than The $399 iPhone It Replaced. What?

Loquor: Shattered iPhone Screen

A Photo From An Internet Meetup

Douglas E. Welch: Join Us For Morning Tech Talk At The Doctor's Note Get-Together

A Photo Of Six Flags Magic Mountain Cybercafe

Andy.KBC.MY: I'm AT A Stupid Cybercafe

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UPDATE Friday, June 20: Here is one I was alerted to this morning. I'm posting it here because it's a topic close to my heart. :) This "photo" was actually a screen capture of my email restoring.

Could You Go Emai-Free Once A Week?

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Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
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That photo is so distinct... it's like the bee is overlaid on top of the flower.  That is an awesome photo.

May 09, 2009 10:55 PM #86
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I forgot about this post. I just posted a long list of web sites that are all Creative Commons/Copyright Free/Royalty Free. I should upload some of mine to Flickr though. I have a ton of them. Some I'll share and some I won't ;-)

May 15, 2009 05:48 PM #87
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Brett Lance
Dunes Marketing Group - Hilton Head Island, SC

Thanks Jeff! Great content!

May 28, 2009 09:53 AM #88
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Renee Marrs Caperton
Century 21 Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Nice post.  I love the photos on Flickr!

Jun 18, 2009 08:53 AM #89
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Yvette & Dennis Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

I love this photo.  I'll have to check out Flickr.  Have a great week.

Jul 27, 2009 07:59 AM #90
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Angelica Blatt
DeLuca Real Estate - Monterey, CA
Selling the Monterey Peninsula over 15 years!

Even though I am frightened of bees and allergic to them, I love love this photo! I know we need the bees in our lives too. Thanks for the infomation. I will check it out. Angelica

Oct 26, 2009 03:41 PM #91
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Patty Hill, BS, CIAS, SFR
Hill & Associates, LLC Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Hill & Associates Real Estate Team

Jeff, thanks for this post.  I have not tried Flicker but will check it out!  Beautiful photo!

Nov 08, 2009 05:10 PM #92
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Georgie Hunter
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It's an old post, but I found it very useful still.  Thanks for everything.

Feb 16, 2010 04:08 PM #93
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Douglas Harland
Century21 J.C. Jones American Dream - Grants Pass, OR
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Hi Jeff, Thanks for the post. I have not been to Flicker for awhile.

Apr 08, 2010 03:37 AM #94
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Man Oh Man Hubba...

You're like a spam magnet :)

Every single *term* spam is in my email :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 11, 2010 08:51 AM #95
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Renee Marrs Caperton
Century 21 Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
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Great photos & post! 

Dec 03, 2010 09:28 AM #96
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Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

Thanks for the post - love the photos on Flicker and the bee in this photo seems almost 3D!

Dec 29, 2010 06:40 PM #97
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Michael Delaware
Troxel Realty Co. LLC - Battle Creek, MI
REALTOR®, CRS

Jeff this is a simple, yet great article on the versitility of Flickr.  I love the bee photo, it is awesome!

Feb 01, 2011 08:21 AM #98
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Lauren Selinsky Perez
CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP - Laguna Hills, CA
REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned

jeff, it is refreshing to read your blog about your photos and flickR. when i read people getting so P.O'd that their pix were used... i ask myself, well whyleave them on flickR type sites? and post them all over without copyright symbols or watermarks?... hello>?

great pic and i look forward in seeing more of your blogs>>>

Mar 11, 2011 04:41 AM #99
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John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes

I am not a big fan of bees but they are fun to watch when going flow to flower in my flower bed. :)

Nov 28, 2011 07:08 AM #100
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Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Wow!  Just wow!  When I am fortunate enough to retire, I would love to take up photography!  Beautiful pic!

Mar 03, 2012 08:21 AM #101
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Kristin Hamilton
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

Hi Jeff,

I post pictures on Flickr but did not know we could get free images on their site. Interesting....thanks for the tip as sometimes I need something and do not have time to run out and shoot it. I love your bee photo. Perfect!

Apr 16, 2012 08:01 PM #102
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Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Hi Jeff, I see that putting photos on Flickr in the creative commons gets your photos used, but do you make any money doing it or does it lead to any photo jobs or money for you or is it just for fun for you?  great bee! Thanks, Roberta

Sep 15, 2012 11:22 AM #103
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

wow - you are showing up in some very diverse locations! You are as busy as a bee! great photo

Mar 17, 2014 08:34 AM #104
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Wow, a comment after two years. :)

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