Hi all - would love to find some great public domain images for projects I'm working on. I'm really foggy on the rules about all this. A few questions:
- Can you automatically use any public domain issue for anything, even commercial purposes?
- How can you confirm if an image is in the public domain? Someone here posted a great list of sites that include public domain images, but I've poked around a lot and can't figure out which images are in the public domain, etc. Is it that anything printed before a certain year is a free-for-all? Are there exceptions I need to be aware of?
- Can you alter public domain images - change the coloring, add text or other graphics on top, etc. - without limitation for commercial use? For example, could I use part of a public domain image as the background for a business logo?
Thank you so much for any help!