I originally wrote this blog post eight years ago. I was reminded of this yesterday when I saw a list of the top ten similar to the one mentioned below shared by a former colleague with whom I am a Facebook friend.
This morning, one of my Facebook friends posted one of the “BuzzFeed …” articles on BuzzFeed that sucked me out. As soon as I saw the article, I noticed something strange about the image credit In fact, they didn’t really have all of the image credits. The caption below the image simply reads, “Source: Google Image.” In addition to not naming the owner of the image, the author of the article did not link to the source or indicate that it was used with permission. I took a screenshot and added a comment to it. You can see my screenshot below.
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(Yes, you can use this screenshot if you want to share with your students).
Application for education
Great public domain image sources like Pixabay (click here for other options) and the Creative Commons Image Search Tool have some instances when students need to claim fair use of copyrighted images. If they finish that step, they should at least give proper credit to the owner of the picture.