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Did you know that the British Library has released a million images into the public domain? No, nor did I until I was checking their feed on my Facebook timeline just now. I was already following their stream on Flickr but had not realised that I could use the images.  It feels like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one delicious package!

I downloaded this vintage valentine.

I restored and enhanced the original image before framing it with a sumptuous texture from 2 ‘Lil Owls, part of a set sold by Design Cuts that was on special deal last week. I adjusted the texture to a deeper red, more reminiscent of theatre curtains or tabs to tone it in with the swag in the original illustration.

For more information, this is the blurb on the British Library website:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.

The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of. Read more…

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Cindy Schnackel (click here for Home)

CI personally don’t use clip art, textures, stock photos, or rely in any way on so-called copyright free art. (Even if I wanted to, I’d be hard pressed to find anything that lent itself to what I do!) Many graphic designers and digital artists use these sources for their material, though. Nothing wrong with that if they do it legally. A big concern is that the sources for those things are not reliable as to whether the material IS legal. And many people misunderstand the license terms which may allow free use, but not commercially.

From an email subscription that arrived in my inbox this morning: Plagiarism Today, “The Problem with False Creative Commons Licenses”

The article hit home for me, because an infringer on Wikispaces, an art teacher no less, was giving away my art, (and the art of many others), to Creative Commons.  Though I was able…

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