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"Phenomenal Resources" Workshop
Information and resources shared in the Aug 23, 2011, faculty workshop co-sponsored by the PACE Center and the Newton Gresham Library on images can be found in the Great Resources You Can Legally Use guide.
Finding Photos Online
Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. [On the left side search bar, once you have results, check the box that says "Creative Commons" to search for images you can use without breaking copyright--but you still have to cite the image information!]
Free high-resolution photographs, free of copyright restrictions.
Many museums and archives have been posting to The Commons on Flickr.
Over 100,000 completely free images on the site, with more added daily.
"All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash."
Further Resources Online
"Veezzle is a free stock photo search engine, we are indexing free photos from big communities such as SXC, RGBStock, StockVault ..." (from Veezzle.com)
Library Media Services - Images Collections Guides
Images grouped by subject matter and compiled by the University of Minnesota Libraries.
"Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!" (from morgueFiles)
Public Domain Images
"Public domain images, royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly free images. Not copyrighted, no rights reserved. All pictures on this site are explicitly placed in the public domain, free for any personal or commercial use." (from Public Domain Images)
National Musuem of Denmark
From the Announcement:
As a pilot, 159 highlights from our collections are available for free download. The art works are also featured in the Google Art Project.
National Gallery of Art
From website: NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Look for works marked "Public Domain" or "CC0" (Creative Commons Zero). According to the museum website, "you are welcome to use images identified by a CC0 icon for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum."
The Public Domain Project
"Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects.
Completely free & made available by Pond5." Images, audio, video, and more.
PAY ATTENTION to the creative common’s license that’s posted with the photo. You may be required to link back to the original item or you may only be allowed to use it in certain circumstances. Not all Creative Common Licenses are alike. And there are many photos on Flickr that have all rights reserved by the artist/photographer.
Other Free Image Collections
You are responsible for reading the terms of service and the copyright information provided by each and every website to ensure you are within legal limits to use the photos. In general, these photos are available for Fair Use, but you'll need to read their terms to discover whether or not you need to cite them and how to cite them.
Bigfoto.com is a repository of photos whose main categories include America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific.
FreeImages.co.uk has more than 2,500 stock photos.
Free Media Goo
This includes images, audio, texture, & flash.
Free Photos Bank
FreePhotosBank grants visitors a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use its images. Images include abstract, architecture, computers & technology, fruits & food, nature, objects, miscellaneous, transportation, & life.
From Old Books
Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books
Thousands of high-quality images of artworks from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, available to download, modify, and use copyright-free.
The copyright owner has exclusive rights to control reproduction, distribution, performance, & display of the work, and the preparation of derivative works.
From their site: “The Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment. Understanding the presence or absence of rights in the various aspects of a given image will allow the user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.”
Created by a team of librarians and consultants from University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, ARTstor, and others
6 Essential Tips for Legally Using Images
From CopyrightLaws.com, 24 Jan 2017. "In this post, you will learn essential tips for legally using images which will minimize your copyright risks and lower your risks of copyright infringement. This will help you select images, research their copyright status, and obtain copyright permissions as necessary."