If you wish to use images in your site, you need to be very careful of copyright. You can’t just use an image you find on internet.
These sources help make sure that the images you use are not bound by copyright. However, you still need to check licence agreement.
Most of the images in the sources below are made available under either a public domain licence (you can use the image however you want, without any conditions) or creative commons (you can use the image, but with conditions – usually you have to credit the author). Crediting the source is also a nice courtesy for public domain images, if you can.
- Sri Chinmoy Centre Gallery – This is a wonderful collection of photos. They are creative commons, so please credit the photographer when you use the photo in an article. It is also nice to ask photographers permission before use.
- Pixabay – these images are public domain.
- Flickr Creative Commons – If you visit advanced search at Flickr You can search through images which are licensed under a creative commons licence. Just click the box ‘search by creative commons’ (N.B. Creative Commons means you need to still acknowledge author, preferably with a link back to the original image.)
- Wikimedia Commons – If you wish to find an image of a person or place, Wikimedia Commons is a very good source. Most images are available either under public domain or creative commons licences – please check below image for licence terms.
- Everystock Photo – searches through different free image sources. But, you still need to check licence and rules for each image.
- Ask Photographer. In exceptional cases, you might wish to ask a photographer directly. Flickr is quite a good source, and a polite request means photographers usually are happy to give use, with credit. Be careful who you ask. A blogger may have copied an image from a newspaper. They can’t give you permission.
Notes on Copyright Law
- Acknowledgement of the source does not mean an item can be copied. Giving the name of the photographer or author may help, but it is not sufficient on its own. Unless the image is in public domain or creative commons, you need to ask for permission.
- A photo agency may license a website / newspaper to use an image, but they may be very strict in not letting others use the image. The newspaper may not mind if you copy image, but the photo agency will.
- An image on an unimportant website may have taken an image from somewhere else, so be careful.
Fair Use of Images
Generally, using images does not fall into the category of ‘fair use’. However, under certain criteria small images of dead people can fall into this criteria.
Fair use rationale – For US copyright Law
- This image is a significant photo of a famous dead individual.
- This image is of much lower resolution than the original (copies made from it will be of an inferior quality).
- The image is being used for informational and educational purposes only by a not-for-profit organisation.
- Its inclusion in the article adds significantly to the article because it shows the subject of this article.
- There is not a free image available.
Royalty Free means under a certain restrictions you can use the image without having to pay. But, note that the license may be restrictive for certain purposes.