Creative Commons licenses for images and authorised All Rights Reserved images.

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The Flickr resource for outstanding quality and artistic images is amazing. There are as many if not more than from the Royalty Free resources and they are free.

The images on Flickr are well marked with their reserved rights and License status. The Licensing status is cross referenced back to creativecommons.org and this has detailed explanation of the license usage. Copyright by default belongs to the owner for ever. Creative Commons licensed images may be selectively displayed and this option is apparent on the Flickr search line at the far right under "Advanced Search"

The images at Flickr remain the property of the owner and not Flickr. Flickr have a requirement that the image if used there must be a point back to the original image in Flickr. This is most easily achieved by the use of a hotlink within the image <!--<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/{owner ID}/{Flickr image number}/">-->. Having done this is the most commonly used way of attribution. It doesn't comply fully with the requirement but the general compliance is quite low.

Creative Commons license usage is irrevocable. This means that the owner can't demand that you withdraw the image if you are complying with the licensing requirement. It would however be a good idea to discuss any concern of the owner as this probably means that they didn't or maybe you didn't understand the Creative Commons license conditions.

One thing you must do is follow any specific instructions that the owner may have originally documented regarding attribution, whether it be "All rights reserved" or Creative Commons licensing. The owner's published instructions over-ride all the other conditions of the license in effect. This doesn't happen too often and in 1000 images used I have only seen this once.

If an image is marked "© All Rights Reserved", this isn't available under the Creative Commons License. There may be one of two options available. Write to the owner using Flickr mail and ask them for permission to use the image. When they have agreed then embed the image in your site, hotlink it to the original Flickr and follow any directions that the owner may have directed. This is generally left up to you. You must mark the image with notice of the Copyright status and the owners ID easily done with © {Alt+0169} using a PC and the words "All Rights Reserved. Used with permission". My experience has been overwhelmingly requests for such permission are met with the affirmative. The other option is that they may have licensed this through a royalty free provider in which case you will almost certainly have to pay for usage. (never done it)
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Hi, I don't understand what you want though. Are you just letting everyone know about this?
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