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Patent and Trademark Training at Denver Public Library

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at the Denver Public Library is hosting a free training session for librarians by representatives of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We will cover “Answering Commonly Asked Patent Questions” and “Answering Commonly Asked Trademark Questions.”

The training will be held from 9am to 12pm on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Central Library Large Computer Training Room on the fourth floor. There should be enough computers for everyone.

All attendees should enter the library at the Broadway entrance and tell security that you are here for the presentation.

For more information, you can email dplpatent@denverlibrary.org or call the Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Reference Services at 720-865-1363.

Denver Public Library
Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
www.denverlibrary.org/patents

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Technology

How and where to get free images for your website

Where can you go for free, high-quality images that you can use on your website without worrying about any copyright issues?

Let’s start with what NOT to do:

  1. Don’t just go to Google Images – mostly are fully copyrighted images that you can’t use without the owner’s explicit permission. If you choose to use Google Images, be sure to filter by usage rights.
    access Usage Rights filter by clicking Search Tools on the Google Image Search interface
    Google Image Search using Search Tools to filter results by Usage Rights
  2. Be careful with what’s called “royalty-free images” – they aren’t free at all most of the time; “royalty-free” just means that you don’t have to pay royalties when using them.
  3. Ignore major stock sites like iStock, Shutterstock, Fotolia … unless you want to invest money in your images, in which case, go for it.
  4. Don’t take images from other people’s sites unless they allow you to do so. Taking an image and displaying it on your site isn’t “fair use,” even if you’re linking to the source.
  5. Don’t “hotlink”. Hotlinking is when you use the url of an image on another website and make it display it on your site.

So, what should you do then?

First of all, try to get images that are made available under the CC0 License. CC0, Creative Commons Zero, is basically a “No Rights Reserved” copyright that states you can do whatever you wish with the image, and that you don’t need to credit the source if you don’t want to.

Here are my favorite sources of such images:

  1. MyStock Photos
  2. Unsplash.com
  3. JayMantri.com
  4. New Old Stock (nos.twnsnd.co)