In your web business development endeavors, you simply can’t stay away from using images and photos. Unfortunately most images available on the web today are either copyrighted or creative commons licensed (need proper attribution.)
Obviously, you can’t simply copy anybody’s image to use in your web design or images for your articles/blog posts. You need to buy stock photos or use free images with permissions and/or proper attribution (well, you can copy those images as you wish, but you might expose your web business with future copyright infringement issues, that may include a lawsuit – you DON’T want that, I suppose?)
But fear not – there’s a way. Consider taking public domain images. Those are not copyrighted and they are available for you to use without any attribution. Nice!
If you are wondering where to look for such images, here are 5 public domain images sites I recommend you to visit for your image needs:
PublicDomainPictures.net is my personal favorite. There are over 15,000 public domain images to choose, mostly photos. You may donate to support the site if you wish
MorgueFile offers free digital stock photos in hi-res. The quality of the public domain photos is above the other public domain image sites I normally visit – and the best thing of all, it’s free to use and copyright-free.
Flickr’s The Commons
Did you know that Flickr has its own public domain photos repository? The Commons offers you public domain images from participating institutions – free to use, without attribution.
Public-Domain-Image.com offers 9,000+ public domain images (plus 3,000+ from the old gallery.) The categorization is very helpful in getting me the images I want.
Public-Domain-Photos.com offers 5,000 free stock photos and cliparts for you to use without attribution. Be aware, though – there are logos on the gallery and you should be careful in using those as, despite the images themselves are public domain images, the logos are copyrighted.
Do you have other public domain image sites to recommend? If so, please share yours by commenting on this post.