Where to find “free use licensed” photos and videos

Santiago, Chile (c) Mark Satterfield from San Cristobal - the world is in your lens
Santiago, Chile (c) Mark Satterfield from San Cristobal - the world is in your lens

Searching for a photo of the Empire State Building from a plane? A whale breaching the surface of the ocean? It is often difficult to take your own “perfect” photo for your posts. And you can’t just “take” an image from someone else’s web site — or you’ll potentially face a DMCA takedown notice and demand letter.

So what do you do?

Well, for starters, always document where you find your images! And second, whenever reasonably possible (which is almost always!), find images that are identified as sharable, public domain, and no attribution required. Why no attribution? For sure, you should provide attribution! But when attribution is required, there are potentially difficult ways in which the documentation has to be referenced. I’m all for attribution, but don’t make it difficult.

This is a collection of different free suppliers.

Table Of Contents

Pixabay

https://pixabay.com/

Pixabay screen shot captured 2020
Pixabay screen shot captured 2020

Licensing is simple.

Pixabay licensing 2020
Pixabay licensing 2020

Be careful with Pixabay though. There are “sponsored links” and otherwise non allowed photos. Follow the download rules and you’ll be fine, but make sure the photos that you are downloading are actually the “free” photos promised.

Pixabay “sponsored link” photos — be careful about the downloads!

Pros and cons

+ Great free photos

– There are “sponsored links”. Make certain that you are downloading an official “free” image.

Pexels

https://www.pexels.com/

Pexels screen shot captured 2020
Pexels screen shot captured 2020

Photos and movies!

Pexels licensing is simple. No attribution required. Personal recommendation is to attribute where practical!

Pexels no attribution required
Pexels no attribution required

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