Nowadays with the increasing number of internet laws, copyright violations can land you into trouble if you are not aware of these laws especially if you are using images video clips etc that might be copyrighted to any other individual etc. The best way to use your own content like photos or video while using them online in any website or a blog post, else use royalty free content for creating your web content.
How to Find Copyright Free Images to Use Legally
Here are 3 simple ways you can find photos and images you can use to create content of your own without worrying about someone suing you for using their copyrighted work.
1. Using Creative Commons Search
“Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright.“
While corporations and most individuals want to protect the content like images, videos, music they create under a licence so that people have to pay for using them, there are some who want to give away the content they create freely available to the community so that people like you and me can use these photos and images and other similar content without having to pay a large amount of money.
Link : search.creativecommons.org
Creative Commons Search not a search engine, but rather a tool that lets you access to search services provided by other independent organizations who let their users upload media that can be used by people for free like Flickr, Vimeo etc.
2. Download Images, Pictures for Royalty Free Stock Photo Sites
Luckily, there are plenty of websites that lets users share copyright free photos that won’t require you to buy a licence for using them. Here are some of them :
Freerange – Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. Images on the site are either shot by Freerange Stock, drawn from Freerange archives, or contributed by a talented community of photographers. The photos either come directly from their in-house photographers and archives or they are contributed by a growing community of creative and talented photographers.
Stockvault.net – It is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs, graphics and image files with each other for free. All of the websites images can be used for personal or commercial projects.
FreeDigitalPhotos – One of the best places on the web to download free images for use in corporate and personal projects for free. Our images can be used by web designers, graphic designers and editors to illustrate and brighten up websites and printed media such as newspapers and magazines.
Stock.Xchng – SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to those who need them free of charge. As a user you gain access to hundreds of thousands of high-quality, hand-picked stock photos and graphics, all free!
Depositphotos – You can download royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vector images for your projects from their collection of 6,335,108 stock images absolutely free with their amazing for free trial subscription photos.
Flickr – Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
3. Create Custom Photos with your Brand Logos, Quote etc
There are many web-photo-apps that lets you create customized photos on their existing templates.
Motivator – Create your own customized motivational posters. Armed with a digital camera and that non-stop wit of yours, you now have the power to turn a simple photograph into a humorous or inspirational message.
PhotoFunia – It is an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun-filled experience. You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Their tools automatically identifies the content in the photo and lets you add cool photo effects, create funny photo montages. Put your photo, brand logo on a billboard, a stamp, or in a Warhol-like work of pop-art. Become the Mona Lisa or a bodybuilder. See a video tutorial here.
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