What is the deal with licenses of pictures you want to use online?

by ron200
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I see a lot of websites that say free to use pictures but then there is pages of licensing crap that I don't understand. Some you get to use the picture but you have to make it link back to their website right?

That way sucks, is there anywhere you can find free images to use on your website without any link backs or licensing stuff?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonester
    Actually, there used to be places for free images but I don't know of any right now.

    What you need to know is there are different kinds of licensing and each site has implemented different kinds for different uses.

    It's confusing because these site all say "royalty free" images. This just means that you don't pay a royalty for EACH USE. However, you're still usually paying some type of license or at least giving credit back.

    I'd like to know if there are any free image sites as well these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author CoachManny
      IMO if they don't mark it with something that makes it their signature than they are really not protecting it.

      I use stuff off the internet all the time. If I get a cease and desist I would drop it right away. Never had a hiccup yet.

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      • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
        Originally Posted by CoachManny View Post

        IMO if they don't mark it with something that makes it their signature than they are really not protecting it.

        I use stuff off the internet all the time. If I get a cease and desist I would drop it right away. Never had a hiccup yet.

        Manny
        It doesn't need to be marked. As soon as a picture is taken its copyrighted to the person who took it or the organization they work for. The picture is copyrighted and protected by default. They are protected by law.

        I'd highly recommend taking down pics you don't have a license to do. You risk a lot more than a cease and desist letter. Some companies will immediately take someone to court for copyright infringement.

        If you're using pics you find online without permission and without the proper license, you are stealing them.
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  • Profile picture of the author IanGreenwood
    Public domain images are license free.

    Try:- Wikipediaublic domain image resources - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    as a starting point but note that not all links / listings on this page are to image resources you can just use.
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  • Profile picture of the author tofrar
    Pixabay - 130,000 public domain photos and cliparts, exclusively under Creative Commons CC0 - free for private and commercial use.
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  • Profile picture of the author drem
    I've used SXC.hu in the past. They have over 400,000 images. They're not all high quality, but the usage rights are clear. Usually you don't have to link back, which is nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Unorganized Rant:

    The biggest problem I see, is that each website / service has such ambiguous, drawn out, tedious terms. (emphasis on ambiguous).

    And if you read between the lines... Often times the standard license is limited, that you'll have to pay a lot of money to have extended rights. (I've seen this over and over, where somebody says "you can get the image for $5", where in truth the standard license doesn't offer you squat for rights).

    This is a problem, if you launch a boatload of projects and don't have a massive marketing budget and don't like to break any laws.

    (Paying hundreds of dollars for a few images per web project doesn't seem practical).

    I wish there was a massive image directory with one "building block" license that could be easily understood. Without contacting a lawyer.

    Just my $.02. (Yeah I'm a pessimist when it comes to image licensing).

    PS: I could say the same thing about PLR in many instances, where the terms & license rights are ambiguous.
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  • Profile picture of the author ron200
    Yes, Sarevok. That's what I am talking about. I don't want to spend an hour reading terms and conditions that I most likely am not going to understand fully anyway. lol
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