Free Images To Use

In my last post, I have written about selecting the best Image host for your website or any online work. But one more problem faced by webmasters and people in their online work is knowingly or unknowingly they use images which are actually the property of some other website/person, who may not like his property being used by others, and in worst case you may face the consequences of copyright infringement.
The most common way of finding images on Internet by people is to use Image search tools offered by famous and popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft etc.
But the problem in using images from these websites is that those images are not checked for copyrights by these search engines, just a message is shown along with the search results “Image may be scaled down and subject to copyright.” (Like in Google image results)

Fortunately there are several websites that stock royalty free and images and photographies. Below you will find links to some useful ones.

*Update : The list above contains many websites which are although very popular, but when recently cheking their “Terms Of Use”, I noticed that the points are quite confusing, for example in Stock.Xchng, the rules says
You may use the images in digital format on websites, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video, cell phones.
Then it says, SELLING AND REDISTRIBUTION OF THE IMAGE (INDIVIDUALLY OR ALONG WITH OTHER IMAGES) IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN! DO NOT SHARE THE IMAGE WITH OTHERS! (In capital letters)
Finally it says, Always ask permission from the photographer if you want to use the Image,in website templates that You intend to sell or distribute.
So finally I have compiled this list of websites, which have “Public Domain Photos”, which can be used for both personal and commercial purposes, and the images are completely “copyrights free”.
(Contains list of MANY MANY more websites with public domain images, in a well categorized manner)

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Nikhil Varma
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While making a collection of royalty free photographs sites for my Blog, I had underwent the same confusion in certain sites. I called up a friend of mine who is a lawyer and she said some of them only restrict as to not to be redistributed. But still there are some in your list which can not be used for professional purposes, like Stock Vault. I was really adamant to have Royalty free images in my Blogs.

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Sai - Blogger Help
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That's great Nikhil, of course a lawyer is the best person to consult in these situations, btw at Stock Vault – it says, images can be used freely for personal & non-commercial uses. Now, if we consider blogs – these are personal but sometimes they do have commercial applications too 😉
So, yeah that's quite confusing. And therefore I think the second list of sites is always better and safe.

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