Find images to reuse on Google Image Search

If you are looking for images to use for your publications, then Google has made image search more convenient for you. The new image “Usage Rights” can allow you to sort images by licensing rights. A lot of bloggers and content creators have infringed on image rights that landed them into problems or started legal battles.

So Google has decided to add the “Usage Rights” option to Google image search though it’s been available on “advanced image search” since 2009. The Google image usage rights filters pages to find web content such as text, video or images you can reuse, share or modify.

How to find images to reuse on Google Image Search:

Simply visit Google Images and enter your search query.

How to find images you can reuse on Google image search

Click on the “Search tools” to reveal hidden image search tools.

Click on “Usage Rights” to reveal the different usage rights.

Select the best usage rights that apply to you such as “Labeled for reuse”, “labeled for reuse with modification”, “labeled for commercial reuse with modification” etc. Then the image search will be filtered to only display images with such rights.

But despite your filtering for creative commons right in Google Image Search, there is a chance an image may be stolen from somewhere where it does not have a reuse right and reshared elsewhere with a reuse rights.

So Google has warned that “Before reusing content that you’ve found, you should verify that its license is legitimate and check the exact terms of reuse stated in the license. For example, most licenses require that you give credit to the image creator when reusing an image. Google has no way of knowing whether the license is legitimate, so we aren’t making any representation that the content is actually or lawfully licensed.

Now i hope you can easily find images to reuse in Google Image Search so you don’t infringe on anyone’s rights. If you have any questions or contribution to the article “Find images to reuse on Google Image Search” please use the comment form below to share.


  1. says

    Hi Nwosu,

    I noticed this feature addition in Google search last week, and I think it’s really going to help everyone to find good and quality images.

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