Copyright Permissions

 

Are you sure about your images?

What is Copyright?

And why should you care?

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Many people find Google Images to be an easy way to find a photo or illustration for their blog or website. They assume those images are free to use. But they couldn’t be more wrong!

The Internet is full of stories (like this one) of people who infringed on copyright, albeit unknowingly, and still found themselves in legat trouble as a result. Often, the legal problem comes from the use of a single image. But just because it’s only one image, it can cost you bigtime. People have ended up paying thousands for an image that they didn’t have permission to use!
The fact is, Google images is a search engine and although it can find all sorts of images, they are by and large not copyright-free images or images that are in the public domain. As a rule, you should assume that all images found through a Google search or that are found online are protected by copyright unless and until you find out otherwise.
There are quite a few sites where good quality images have been curated and you can buy them, either as a one-off or through paying for a membership. But what if you can’t afford or just don’t want to pay for images? Luckily, there are many sites that have images you can use for free! 
Most of the photos you will find on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. So you can copy, modify, distribute and even use them for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. But pay attention to the requirements of each site, some photos may require attribution. (Attribution is giving the original author of the photo credit for their work, preferable somewhere on the same page as the image.) But they are all free to use.
Here’s a handy list that I have compiled for you – I’m sure there are more and if you know of any not on this list, please add them in the comments!!
  1. Pixabay: Free high quality images. My go-to site for searchable high-quality images.
  2. The Stocks: Free photos
  3. Pexels: Free photos.
  4. All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.
  5. Designers Pics: Free photographs for your personal & commercial use.
  6. Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.
  7. Startup Stock Photos: 
  8. Jay Mantri: Free pics. do anything (CC0). c.
  9. Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.
  10. Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
  11. Death to the Stock Photo: Free photos sent to you every month.
  12. Foodie’s Feed: Free food pictures in hi-res.
  13. Jéshoots: New modern free photos.
  14. Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.
  15. Picography:  Free hi-resolution photos..
  16. Magdeleine: A free high-resolution photo every day.
  17. Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.
  18. Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.
  19. Splitshire: Free stock photos.
  20. New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.
  21. Picjumbo: Totally free photos. (large size)
  22. Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos.
  23. Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos.
  24. Public Domain Archive: New 100% free stock photos.
  25. IM Free: A curated collection of free resources.
  26. Cupcake: A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.
  27. Getrefe: Free photos.
  28. ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives.
  29. Stokpic: Totally free photos.
  30. Kaboompics: Free photos.
  31. FunctionFree photo packs.
  32. Good Free Photos: Free Photos (Public Domain Photos), Clipart, images, and Vectors
  33. Focus Fitness: Free Health and Fitness Stock Photos
  34. The Pattern Library: Free patterns for your projects.
  35. Stock Up: Indexes photos from 31 different free stock photo websites.

 Oh and as a bonus, there’s

  1. Coverr: Beautiful, free videos for your website, with 7 new videos every Monday
  2. Mazwai: Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.
 

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