Top 3 Places to Find Free Images for your Website. Without any fears of Copyright Infringement

Beware website owners and bloggers: don’t use Google Images on your website or blog – you can get sued! Google Images is only a search engine: all images are copyrighted by their respective owners. So, follow our simple tips below to get free, legal and professional images for your website.

Why worry about images copyright infringement? Infringement of copyright may result in monetary damages, lawsuits and costly legal fees. In order to avoid painful mistakes, you can use the following types of images:

Royalty-free Images: Purchase the copyright license and use that photo without restrictionsCreative Commons Images: Download the image for free, but use it according to restrictions

Royalty-free images can be purchased online on various stock photography websites such as Fotolia, Getty Images, Istockphotos and Shutterstock. Prices range between €1 and €100+ that is very affordable if you need a few professional images. However, a blog or a big website may require hundreds of photos: so, where can you find free pictures?

1. Google Images

We started this article saying that Google Images are very dangerous and you shouldn’t use them. This is not entirely true.

1) Open the “Google Advanced Image Search website“, enter your query e.g. “Lion”, and at the very bottom select the appropriate usage rights: “Free to use and share” or “Free to use and share, even commercially” if you plan to sell that graphic.

2) Click on your favourite image, wait until the image opens in a new window, and close it (top right) to allow its website page to fully open.

3) Read the author’s license and feel free to download the image and use it for your blog. Always make sure to mention the author’s name, the license type and the link to the author’s website.

2. Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a direct relative of Wikipedia. On this website you can find free-to-use images and other media files. Don’t you just love Wikipedia & Co.?

1) Open the “Wikimedia Commons Image Category website” and enter your query in the top right e.g. “Lion”.

2) Click on your favourite image.

3) Read the author’s license and feel free to download the image and use it for your website. Again, make sure to mention the author’s name, copyright license type and the link to the author’s website.

3. 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.

1) Open the “Flickr Creative Commons website” and enter your query in the top right e.g. “Lion”.

2) Click on your favourite image.

3) Read the author’s license and feel free to download the image and use it for your blog. Don’t forget to mention the author’s name, the copyright license type (e.g. Creative Commons) and the link to the author’s website.

About The Author

Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert, WordCamp speaker and Internet marketer, Rodolfo Melogli helps entrepreneurs overcome their ecommerce nightmares :) Rodolfo is the organiser of the Dublin Ecommerce Meetup, WordCamp Dublin, the Dublin WordPress Meetup and the Dublin WooCommerce Meetup. He enjoys interacting with people, running on the beach and chasing tennis & soccer balls. Of course, he loves pizza too.

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