When you do a Google Search, you can filter your results to find images, videos, or text that you have permission to use. To do this, you’ll use an Advanced Search filter called “usage rights” that lets you know when you can use, share, or modify something you find online.
Before reusing content that you've found, verify that its license is legitimate and check the exact terms of reuse stated in the license. For example, many licenses require that you give credit to the image creator when reusing an image. Google has no way of knowing whether the license label is legitimate, so we aren't making any representation that the content is actually or lawfully licensed.
Anyone can browse the internet, but usage rights are important if you're looking for content that you can take and use above and beyond fair use. Site owners can use licenses to let you know if and how content on their sites can be reused.
The usage rights filter in Advanced Search shows you content that is either labeled with a Creative Commons or similar license, or is in the public domain. For images, the usage rights filter also shows you images labeled with the GNU Free Documentation license.
If you find content with the wrong usage rights in the search results, let us know in the Google Search Forum.