Using Digital Images
Copyright and Digital Images
When using images to create a project or website, it's important to make sure you aren't violating the copyright. Here are some general guidelines for using digital images:
- If you aren't sure about the copyright for a specific image, don't use it.
- Look for public domain and public copyright licenses.
- Provide a link to the copyright license.
- Do not use more than five images from any one artist.
- Get permission to use any copyrighted images that are not public domain and do not have a public copyright license.
Public Domain and Free Stock Photos
The following websites are great sources for public domain and publicly licensed images. Make sure to always look for a license so you know what use is permitted.
- Wikimedia Commons
- World Images
- Public Domain Review (Public domain videos are also available.)
- Public Domain Pictures
- Photo Pin
- Free Images
- Flickr Commons (Make sure you are searching the Commons and not the general Flickr site.)
- Getty Open Content Images
- LIFE Photo Archives
- National Records and Archives Administration (NARA)
- US Department of Agriculture Image Gallery
- NOAA (National Weather Servcie) Photo Library
- NASA Image Galleries