In their words:
“ImageStamper keeps independently verified copies of license conditions associated with Creative Commons images. Use it to show that you have the right to use the images you downloaded, even if they are later deleted by the owner or their licenses are changed.”
Have you ever used Flickr to find that perfect picture for your presentation slides, blog post, or desktop images? I have. It’s a great place to find pictures licensed under Creative Commons and a lot of the folks over there are extremely talented. Part of my struggle with this process has always been the best way to cite the license and creator. Recently I found out that others have been asked to remove photos they have found through Flickr when the author has changed the license or when they believe the photo is being used in violation of the license. Two blog posts brought this tool to my attention.
The “M” Word blog post: Creative Comons H-II
Librarian by Day blog post: The Danger of Using Creative Commons Flickr Photos in Presentations
So I decided to try out ImageStamper to see how easy it would be to use. There are two ways to get images into the application. First, you can copy and paste the url to the photo into the application, or there is a bookmarklet you can add to your browser bar which can be clicked when you are on the image page in Flickr. The rest is nearly automagic. ImageStamper will pull the license information from Flickr and show it to you in a preview. Once you confirm that the
information is correct (see screenshot), click Timestamp this Image.
Your Account will show all of the photos you have saved in
ImageStamper (up to 1000 are allowed) under the heading “My Images.” If you later want to use an image, you have the option of using a copy of the image itself, embed code, or a permalink to the stamped image (see screenshot). Images can also be deleted if you realize you aren’t using any longer or, if you are like me, you picked something out because you thought it looked cool and were never able to find a place to use it!
The only thing that worries me about this application is that it seems that it is no longer under development. The forums don’t seem to have any new content and features that were highlighted as underdevelopment in 2011 still have not come to fruition. For example, the ability to export all of your image information into a CSV file was requested and planned, but is not available from what I was able to find. It may be that eventually it will stop working, so it probably is not a bad idea to backup the information in the application, just in case.
Otherwise, it does exactly what it sets out to do in a very simple and easy to use way.
This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.