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OER MetaSearch: Using Google Usage Rights



Still want to use Google? Go to Advanced Search and filter the usage rights.


Find freely usable images, text, and videos . . .

Go to Advanced Search or Advanced Image Search. 
Type your search terms, then click Settings under the
search box.

In the Usage rights section, use the drop-down to
choose what kind of license you want.

Check the exact terms of reuse. The license might
require that you give credit to the creator.

Google has a disclaimer : "Google can't tell if the
license label is legitimate, so we don't know if the
content is lawfully licensed."

Types of usage rights

Free to use or share: Allows you to copy or redistribute
its content if the content remains unchanged.

Free to use, share, or modify: Allows you to copy, modify,
or redistribute in ways specified in the license.

Commercially: If you want content for commercial use,
be sure to select an option that includes the word

How usage rights work

Usage rights help you find content that you can use
above and beyond fair use.  Site owners can use licenses
to let you know if and how content on their sites can be
reused. The usage rights filter in Advanced Search
shows you content either labeled with a Creative Commons
or similar license, or is in the public domain. For images,
the usage rights filter also shows you images labeled with
the GNU Free Documentation license.


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