Sharing on social media websites is clearly seen as a positive step forward but we still need to be mindful of copyright and that we cannot just use somebody else’s work without permission. Where permission is granted then it is important to attribute the source, that is the name of the person alongside any materials we may use, be this text, photos, video or audio. Where authors have given their work a Creative Commons licence, life is made that much easier. The video below explains what this means.
Creative Commons Search states that whilst it is not a search engine, it offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations and can help you to filter content that has a Creative Commons licence.
So for example I may want to search for images of apples. The facility allows you to search using one of the image repositories e.g. Flickr. The results then bring up all images that have been given a Creative Commons licence. If I want something that I can use for commercial purposes or modify then it is important to check the relevant box (see below where I have entered Apple as a search term).