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August 10, 2013

George asks…

How can you put up a picture from google images for your avatar on yahoo answers?

There is this hilarious photo on google images and I want it to be my avatar.

Administrator answers:

CUSTOM AVATAR:

You have to activate your profile. To do that, go to your Yahoo! Answers profile, and then click on “Edit My Info”. You will see three boxes, one of which says “Use My Profile Picture” underneath. It should have a picture of your avatar in it. Click the link underneath the picture that says “Edit My Profile Image”. Or, if this is too difficult to comprehend, go to http://profiles.yahoo.com.

Once you set up the profile, after being asked to fill out some information (i.e., your name), you will be taken to a page that should be displaying your avatar, unless you haven’t made one. Click on “Change Photo” at the bottom of the picture display, slightly to the right, next to a hyperlink that says “Edit Profile”. You will see a pop-up line that has two options: “Add Photo” and “Customize Avatar”. To upload a photo, click on “Add Photo”. You will see a line that has a button that says “Browse”. Find the picture you want to upload, click “Upload”, and then crop it to size. To use a photo as your primary, or display photo, select the one you want: the Yahoo! Avatar, no picture or the uploaded picture. Then click on “Use Selected Photo”.

NOTE: The picture you upload MUST be under 5MB, and it MUST be in the JPG or PNG format.

To get it to show up…

1. Go to your profile

2. Click “Edit My Info”

3. You will be taken to a page where you will see three boxes. One says “No Picture” underneath the box, one says “Use My Profile Picture” underneath the box, and one says “Use My Avatar” underneath the box. Check the circle next to the one that says “Use My Profile Picture”

4. Scroll down.

5. Click “Preview”

6. Click “OK”

7. You’re done.

I hope this helped! Good luck!

=)

Lizzie asks…

Can I use pictures from google images for my blog/website?

So I am starting a blog/website about different bands and I want to post pictures from google images. Is this legal? Is there a legal way of using the pictures without asking for each individual picture? Can I link or say who’s picture it originally is? I am not trying to take credit for the picture or anything.

Administrator answers:

Google images is only a search tool that finds images on the web. When you conduct a search, you will see that there is a link to view the image in its original context on the page. Google is not publishing these images on its own.

When you find an image through the Google search, you will need to check the actual website to determine whether or not it is free to use. Google explicitly states, “Image may be scaled down and subject to copyright.” If the image is falls under copyright, in order to upload the picture onto your web server and display it on your page, you need to have permission.

In order to use an image that is found with a Google search,
1. It must be in the public domain
2. You have received permission from the owner. OR
3. It has a Creative Commons license that allows for its use.

There are some sources that provide use of images through “Creative Commons” licensing. Basically, Creative Commons is a way of sharing media and some of the priviledges that go along with them. (creativecommons.org)

The Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org) is one source for media that is meant to be shared. You will need to check the licensing on the images to be sure that you abide by the license selected.

If you find an image that you absolutely must have on your site AND it has a copyright, you could possibly link from your page to its original source. This way you are not taking someone else’s copywritten work.

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