How To Search Creative Commons Photos on Flickr For Commercial Use

Many times bloggers ask me about using Flickr photographs on blogs and the copyright infringement. The correct answer of this query is you can’t use any Flickr image on your blog. If you want to use then you can use only creative commons image.

Now the question arises that what is creative commons and how can we filter those photographs in Flickr. According to this Wikipedia Article:

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

For Flickr creatve common images for commercial use, you must use the image with this attribution Attribution icon. It means you can copy, distribute, display, and perform the copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if you give the credit to the owner. This is the reason why you see the image credit below the image.

There is a Flickr image search to find Creative commons images but there is a better tool available to search images which saves your time. This tool is known as Compfight. It is a Flickr search engine that lets you search and filter the copyrighted images quickly.


All you need to do is visit the website and make use of the search box given on the top left. Enter the query in the search box. On the right of search box, there is a creative commons section, click on the given option to switch to next option.

There are three options available such as commercial, off, only. Choose the commercial option if you want to insert the picture on your blog running with ads. That’s how you can use Compfight to search for creative common images.

Check out Compfight to search for Creative commons Flickr images quickly.

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