Google has begun displaying licensing information in image search results
Google makes it much easier to find images that you can legally use in your projects. From today, Google will display the licensing information in the image search results. Google will mark image search results as “licensed” if their publishers or creators provide information about their licenses.
After opening the image for close-up viewing, the user will see the copyright information. If the publisher provides Google with information on where to purchase images distributed under a commercial license, this information will also be displayed.
Because viewing thousands of images can be difficult, Google has also expanded the ability to filter results based on license information. If you want to use images only within Creative Commons, ie for free, you need to select the CC option in the “Rights of Use” section of the drop-down menu in Google Images. You must use the Commercial and Other Licenses filter to purchase images.
Google has teamed up with content creators and stock photo providers such as Getty Images and iStock to add licensing data to image search results.