Free Images To Use For Your Blog?

by Lee McKenna Banned
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Hi Warriors,

I've been using google images to pull images and been using them in my posts. But I've been told I could get into trouble doing this and could even get my website banned?

Can someone recommend a good site where I can get free images to use for my website.

I obviously need a site which has a lot of images so I can just type in my keyword and get the image I'm looking for.

Lee.
#blog #free #images
  • Profile picture of the author Kevin G
    Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
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    • Profile picture of the author stevedevane
      I haven't used it, but I've heard good things about stock xchng.

      Hope that helps.

      Steve DeVane
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    • Profile picture of the author rowbot
      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
      I don't know whether to call that dumb or nuts, but it is amazing. You might want to research that a bit more.

      There are heavyweight teams with serious legal muscle that play a game called image extortion. Getty images is the most famous for this. One company used a $10 image of theirs without permission and wound up paying over 4000 for it. Somehow, even though it was copyrighted, it uploaded.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
      That's a complete nonsense... and nobody should listen to such a BS (= bad & stupid) advice.

      If you are absolutely ignorant you should NOT post misleading advice. Ever!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bruce99
        Correct, any image taken by anyone, remains their property whether or not they place a big copyright symbol over it or not.

        Your main option is to search for directories that have ROYALTY FREE images in them. Sure you can find images that are totally free but they are often not of high quality.

        If this is your niche, then surely you should be able to go outside with your phone camera and take original shots? The main downside of royalty free is that they usually require that you include a url reference to the site which of course leaks some PR away from the page for every article you put an image in.

        Good luck ..
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.

      Incredible! Amazing! Wow!

      I am dumb-fuddled!!

      To anyone reading this thread, the quoted advice about could cost you thousands of dollars in business losses, if you choose to believe it!!

      p.s. I could upload copyright material all day long, and the software will let me do it.

      The difference is that I know better than to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
      First of all I have to concur with Istvan and Bill and rowbot - This ranks as one of the stupidest pieces of "advice" ever dispensed on this forum. Google even states on every image that it may be the subject of a copyright.

      Otherwise one place you might want to look is the Creative Commons archive of images.

      Wikimedia Commons

      Note however that not all of these images can be used, and each image comes with details regarding it's acceptable use. In many cases however they can be used by simply providing attribution to the original owner. But be careful and read and abide by the terms of use before you make use of any image here.

      StockXchng is also another source of images, again you MUST abide by the terms of use for each of them before using them on your site. Don't just assume that because they are on StockXchng that you are free to use them.

      stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

      Hope this helps, Happy New Year!

      Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author surfgatinho
      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
      Ha ha ha ha! I can't believe people still think this.
      Why would anyone think that someone such as myself would spend $1,000s on camera equipment, get up at 4am drive for hours and run around all day so that someone else can have a free ride?!

      Maybe I'm just a money grabbing **** but I have made several thousand dollars over the last few years having a solicitor send out letters demanding payment for the use of my photos. And believe me, I am very, very, very cheap compared to the big agencies such as Getty and Corbis.

      So, yes, you can grab photos off the internet for free, but unless you are registered and host in Afghanistan then you may receive a hefty bill and a take down notice!
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned this, but a camera is a good way to get images for your web site.

      Originally Posted by Kevin G View Post

      Google images are fine to use. If you try to upload one that is protected by a copywright, then it won't upload. Other than that, they are public property.
      "IF IT'S ON THE INTERNET, THEN IT'S IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!"

      Right?
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Fotolio.com and 123rf.com sell images for $1 each!!

    Don't be stupid and grab free images. The guy who gave you the images won't protect you if he doesn't really have the rights to give you those images.

    But, with an image licensing company, you will be much safer and better protected than tossing your luck to the wind.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    I like to use Clipart.com. They have some good photos in addition to the clipart. It can be a little expensive if you don't sign up for a longer subscription. It's like $14.95 for one week or $32 for a month's access.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by socialweb View Post

    Yes Any use easlly google image.and use in your post.Thanks

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please read before posting!

    Your advice has been rightfully proven wrong, even before you posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author WiFi
    Here is a big list:
    Picdrome Public Domain pictures. Copyright-free pictures under Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication license CC0.
    Free Photo Gallery - Free images under Creative Commons licence for public domain resources
    Alegri Photos Public domain and Creative Commons images
    Copyright-friendly WebList and Thumbnail list
    Flickr's Creative Commons Pool: Browse through the images provided by Flickr users who have chosen to offer their pictures under a Creative Commons license. A Flickr Advanced Search also allows you to search for these images easily.
    Wylio: all-in-one picture finder and re-sizer made specifically for bloggers
    Flickr Storm (select appropriate Creative Common license from pull-down menu)
    FlickrCC Blue Mountains Displays attribution
    Compfight: A Flickr Search Tool
    Veezzle:free stock photo search engine, indexing free photos from big communities such as SXC, RGBStock, StockVault
    Flickr Free Use Photos Photo sharing, no attribution necessary
    Beholdcc Use the boxes before you search to select licensing
    Creative Commons A multimedia CC search, searches across Google, Flickr, Yahoo!, BlipTV, SpinXpress, and OWL Music Search, allowing searchers to specify a search for media to use to modify or for commercial purposes
    Shahi Visual Dictionary (check for licensing, many are CC and Wiktionary)
    Flickr: The Commons (contributions from major institutions)
    Clipart ETC (University South Florida)
    openphoto: Free stock images. Use categories on the right to browse or click on search in the top bar
    BurningWell (public domain, high resolution photos)
    25 Free Stock Photo Sites
    Photl
    Free Images Collection (No Copyright, High Resolution, Free Images)
    Wellcome Images (medical and social images)
    26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog
    Creativity103.com (abstract backgrounds)
    Photos8 (public domain photos and backgrounds)
    OpenClipArt.org
    Public Domain Clipart
    Sevenload.com
    VADS: Free Art and Design Images for Education (Read Terms of Use)
    US Government Photos and Multimedia Most materials is in the public domain, but read the disclaimers.
    Library of Congress Photo Stream on Flickr Goals--To increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Check for licensing on individual images.)
    Yahoo Creative Commons Search
    Wikimedia Commons: A database of 14 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
    Images by type
    Wikimedia Commons-Images-Science
    Wikimedia Commons-Images-Nature
    Wikimedia Commons-Images-Society
    Free Digital Photos
    Pics4Learning Copyright friendly images for education
    GetMedia
    MorgueFile provides the public and creative community with free photos..
    Free Pixels:images may be used for both personal and commercial purposes under the limitations of this license
    Free Photos Bank
    stock.xchng
    PD Photo
    Public Domain Pictures - high resolution photos and illustrations under public domain license
    Public Domain Images Public domain images (copyright friendly -safe images), royalty free stock photos. All photos on this site are top quality high resolution public domain images, explicitly placed in the public domain.
    FreeFoto.com
    4 Free Photos - collection of over 700 free images offered by the photographer
    Free Photo 1
    OurMedia
    FreeMediaGoo
    AnimalPhotos.info
    CarPictures.cc
    Images for Education (for UK higher ed.)
    Black and White Clipart
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  • Profile picture of the author buzznebo
    stock xchange seem to be the best. They are high-res and they are free. You just need to ask for permission from the uploader.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Tunnah
      Originally Posted by buzznebo View Post

      stock xchange seem to be the best. They are high-res and they are free. You just need to ask for permission from the uploader.
      How do you know the uploader is the rightful copyright holder or am I missing something??

      Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperDJ
    Wow as a new internet marketer I really have to be careful to who I'm listening to. :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronaddy
    stockxhange is one of the best website for free images.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenleaf5
    For free images, stock.xchng is a good choice. You may need permission from the owner of a image before you can use it. Further, you would need to give a link back to the page where you found the photo, from your blog.

    To buy images, some of the sites for royalty-free images include istock.com and shutterstock.com. Many sites that sell royalty-free images have options to subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis. Some even allow to buy photos and illustrations on demand. That is, you don't have to opt for the subscription route.
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  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    This website provides reviews of 50 websites for images. Some are free sites - you have to read through the list to see if any of the sites are of interest to you. And some of the sites listed here are mentioned above.

    50 Stock Photo Sites for Every Small Business Need

    I'll quote the site owner's caveat posted at the end of the list:

    Important Caveat: Remember, just because a website has a collection of images does NOT give you the automatic right to use those images. The owner of any image or photograph has a legal copyright in that image. Make sure you purchase the right to use an image, or the image is in the public domain, or the image is under a creative commons license that gives you the right to use that image, or you receive written approval to use the image from the owner. Check the Terms of Service of any website. Never assume you have the right to use an image unless it’s clearly spelled out. Otherwise, you could someday get a letter demanding that you pay $1000 (or some other large amount) per image, or a lawsuit charging you with misappropriating someone else’s copyrighted material.
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  • Profile picture of the author ButterflyGarden
    Legally you cannot use a photo you find on the web with out the photographer's permission.

    Stock photography websites contain thousands of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. A customer who uses stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time, effort and money. Typically publishers can either purchase exclusive rights to a single image or they can purchase a subscription of sorts. The subscriptions allow publishers to download a limited number of photos over a specified period of time.

    Stock photo websites allow webmasters, marketers and publishers to locate pictures for their marketing and promotional materials without the hassle of organizing a photo shoot. With copyright laws businesses must be very careful in using unlicensed photos.

    There are also risks to using "free" photographs. Many of the free websites contain collaborative works from multiple photographers and artists. While the websites attempt to monitor the images in their collections in violation of copyright laws, there are no guarantees. If you opt to use photographs or images from a free portal, it is important to keep this in mind.


    My favorite stock photo website is Royalty Free Stock Photos

    Here is where you can find some other inexpensive stock photo directories:

    Royalty Free Photos for Web Design

    Another site list can be found here:
    Microstock Photos

    Goodluck
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by ButterflyGarden View Post

      Legally you cannot use a photo you find on the web with out the photographer's permission.
      Goodluck
      Unless, as is often the case, the photographer doesn't hold the rights to the photo. That has come up on this board more than once.

      Someone has, in good faith, acquired a photo from a photographer and later is served with either a takedown notice or a settlement offer in lieu of a lawsuit.
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  • Profile picture of the author tropvik
    Originally Posted by Lee McKenna View Post

    Hi Warriors,

    I've been using google images to pull images and been using them in my posts. But I've been told I could get into trouble doing this and could even get my website banned?

    Can someone recommend a good site where I can get free images to use for my website.

    I obviously need a site which has a lot of images so I can just type in my keyword and get the image I'm looking for.

    Lee.
    I like:

    CC Search

    and also check out this article about using Flickr for royalty free images:

    A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images « Skelliewag.org
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  • Profile picture of the author miserman
    I guess using google images are not as illegals as it has been told or understood. However, there are some images which are copyrighted, as it is written in bottom of image. SO we should not use those image. Otherwise we are free to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by miserman View Post

      I guess using google images are not as illegals as it has been told or understood. However, there are some images which are copyrighted, as it is written in bottom of image. SO we should not use those image. Otherwise we are free to use.
      <sigh> Another stupidity from another "copyright expert"....</sigh>

      Don't guess. Just keep it quiet if you lack the knowledge!
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by miserman View Post

        I guess using google images are not as illegals as it has been told or understood. However, there are some images which are copyrighted, as it is written in bottom of image. SO we should not use those image. Otherwise we are free to use.
        Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

        <sigh> Another stupidity from another "copyright expert"....</sigh>

        Don't guess. Just keep it quiet if you lack the knowledge!
        Istvan, it's not the stuff they don't know that bites these folks on the behind.

        It's the stuff they're dead sure of that's absolutely wrong that gets'em in the end...
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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
          Apparently, from reading some of the responses in this thread, the amount of knowledge available on the internet is inversely proportional to the amount of information on the net.

          Either that, or whatever they're putting in the drinking water these last few decades is taking its' toll on the human IQ.

          Those Getty Image lawyers must love threads like this one...:rolleyes:

          ~Bill
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

        Don't guess. Just keep it quiet if you lack the knowledge!
        But Istvan - if they just kept quiet how do you expect them to build up their post count?

        :rolleyes:

        Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    You can use flickr photos with creative common licensed and use commercially. Use the advance search button to filter photo you can use.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrjosco
      Originally Posted by savvybizbuilder View Post

      You can use flickr photos with creative common licensed and use commercially. Use the advance search button to filter photo you can use.
      This is true, as long as you comply with the license! This means you need to attribute the work properly.

      Another place to find images is Wikipedia. You must click on the image and then view the image rights. Nearly all of Wikipedia images are usable, but most require some form of attribution to be made. Some may restrict use for "for profit" uses.

      There are many images on Wikipedia that are public domain. These images require nothing from you.

      Depending on how bad you want an image, you could use google images and then contact the copyright holder. HOWEVER there is a downside - the person hosting or sharing the image may not have any rights to the image!
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  • Profile picture of the author JWImarketing
    There are alot of places online who let you use their photos, images as long as you give referance to the photographer or the site it comes from or both. I like dreamstime myself.

    Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author starbright
    For one of my sites, I have been using the site free digital photos . net (I don't have enough posts here yet to put up a link. Take the spaces out)

    You can either pay for the photo OR you can download it for free, providing you give credit to the owner of the image.
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  • Profile picture of the author jesisco
    Hi Lee
    I saw warriors provided you very good sites to use.
    But if you want ( also for those who want only) to use google here is step by step what you have to do in order to not go in trouble.
    Go to Google image
    Select Advanced Image Search
    Under " Need more tools?" you have Usage rights:
    select "Commercial use"
    And you are good to go!

    Happy new year guys!
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    • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
      Originally Posted by jesisco View Post

      Hi Lee
      I saw warriors provided you very good sites to use.
      But if you want ( also for those who want only) to use google here is step by step what you have to do in order to not go in trouble.
      Go to Google image
      Select Advanced Image Search
      Under " Need more tools?" you have Usage rights:
      select "Commercial use"
      And you are good to go!

      Happy new year guys!
      That depends.

      Most images will take you to the Flickr page.

      Be sure and check the usage rights on the right hand side. I've used that technique above many times - only to find that the photography 'sold-out' and gave their rights away to a major stock company.

      Rule of thumb: the higher quality of image - the more likely the stock photo company's have claimed it.

      Be careful out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
    my apologies if this has been mentioned already - but everystockphoto.com has a great 'advanced search' menu that really helps get what you are looking for...
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  • Profile picture of the author bluetechseo
    Well said it's something that a lot of people don't take seriously either through not bothering to find out the law or not caring.

    It is very important that you buy images or give recognition to the owner, and i'm only commenting to bump this thread so more people see the valuable information on here.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordyhill
    Can anyone verify if the following is true: Facebook users that upload pictures that share the pictures become public property?

    I heard, can't remember who said or where, it was a while ago, that once a picture on FB is shared its basically up for grabs.

    Can anyone shine a light on this factoid?

    I use pictures the very odd time from my own friend list and tell them what I'm doing with it and its never been a problem, but I'm thinking beyond my own friend list because there are some good ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by jordyhill View Post

      Can anyone verify if the following is true: Facebook users that upload pictures that share the pictures become public property?

      I heard, can't remember who said or where, it was a while ago, that once a picture on FB is shared its basically up for grabs.

      Can anyone shine a light on this factoid?

      I use pictures the very odd time from my own friend list and tell them what I'm doing with it and its never been a problem, but I'm thinking beyond my own friend list because there are some good ones.
      Unless Facebook has language to that effect in their terms of use, it's not true.

      Copyright attaches to the creator of the image unless assigned otherwise.

      In plain English:

      Unless Facebook's terms of use say that any photo I post is public domain, I keep all rights to that photo. If you want to use it, you need my permission. And you need to honor any conditions I put on that permission, like giving me credit in the form I specify.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yulia from DNP
    Dont ever use Google free images.
    i can tell from a bad experience couple of years ago, that this wont end good.
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