Free Stock Photo Sites – Comprehensive list of Stock photo websites and free image resources

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With the growing content available in the world today, a key feature stands out..  original content and with this content good photos are a must because they help with attention grabbing headlines and gets your message across fast and clearer. How to tackle this particular situation that we cant go out and shoot? We use stock photos. Not all stock photos are created equal, some have more love and TLC built in.

creative commons licensing
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Choosing the right photo for your content can be challenging especially that there are not many nice options around, we have compiled a list of high quality, high resolution photo stock sites that can bring your content to life. You will have to understand usage, free they may be but they are still covered by copyright and may have specific restrictions. You have have to read up on all the license terms because from time to time, they may change.

 

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Nearly all images on these free stock sites have a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, adapt or distribute the images — even for commercial purposes — without requiring author consent. In other words, do whatever you want with them! Just be sure you are using photos with the right licenses.

 

NOTE: Images are google are not free to use. They may have copyright restrictions.

What is “Copyright”? – Copyright refers to the legal right of the owner of intellectual property. In simpler terms, copyright is the right to copy. This means that the original creators of products and anyone they give authorization to are the only ones with the exclusive right to reproduce the work.

Which types of work are subject to copyright?

Copyright ownership gives the owner the exclusive right to use the work, with some exceptions. When a person creates an original work, fixed in a tangible medium, he or she automatically owns copyright to the work.

Many types of works are eligible for copyright protection, for example:

  • Audiovisual works, such as TV shows, movies, and online videos
  • Sound recordings and musical compositions
  • Written works, such as lectures, articles, books, and musical compositions
  • Visual works, such as paintings, posters, and advertisements
  • Video games and computer software
  • Dramatic works, such as plays and musicals

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Here is the comprehensive list of Free Stock Photo Images and their license restrictions.

FREE STOCK PHOTOS Websites
License Available
Non-commercial use Commercial use
stockphotos.ph – coming soon yes yes
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yes yes
yes yes
yes yes
yes yes
yes yes
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN
ATTRIBUTION REQUIRED
ATTRIBUTION REQUIRED
yes yes
yes limited
yes yes
yes limited
yes limited
yes limited
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN
yes limited
Public Domain Public Domain
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN
yes yes
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN
yes limited
yes yes
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN
yes yes
yes limited
CC0 – PUBLIC DOMAIN limited

 

 

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