Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Finding Royalty-free Images

In some courses you may be asked to add images to an assignment, or create an image collage for an assignment. Since almost everything on the Internet is the intellectual property of someone, even if it isn't explicitly stated, here are instructions to help you comply with copyright law while searching for and using images created by others.

Look for photos or other images that are licensed under a Creative Commons 0 (Zero) license or specifically say that reuse and modification are allowed either with or without attribution.
The CC0 license is described on the Creative Commons website as:
The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.  You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
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Photo by Jenny Smith on Unsplash
You don’t have to credit the creator, but it’s polite to do so.
Either credit each photo or provide a list at the end of your work if you have combined images into your own work.
The following sites host only CC0 works, or link to only those works.

Pixabay has photos, vectors, and videos licensed under CC0.

Pexels bills itself as the world’s first inclusive royalty free photo site.

Creative Commons  allows to search specifically for images that can be modified.

Free Photos  uses the APIs from a few stock photo providers and gathers images in one place for easy preview and download.

Every Pixel  uses artificial intelligence to search across sites with photos licensed under CC0.

Kaboom Pics has search by color and orientation options.

LibreShot has photographs from Martin Vorel that can be used and modified in any way.

RawPixel’s collection of public domain images has older artworks and illustrations.

Unsplash features modern, minimalist photography.