Need help attributing a stock photo

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    Teresa Higginsposted 6 years ago

    I wrote a hub and found free public domain pics but I am having a hard time figuring out how to properly attribute the pictures.  They are located here: … rid=283864
    and here: … rid=283864
    Am I allowed to post these links here?  I have read the article in the learning center but I don't know where in the photo info to find what I need. 
    Please help if you can.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image84
      Dale Hydeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      In your case I think you will have an issue using the photos if they contain that watermark across them. HubPages will not accept that.  However, for photos without such markings, and using Shutterstock as an example and those two photos I would attribute them as "Shutterstock" then use the photo URL as the link, the page the photos are on.

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        Teresa Higginsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Okay, thanks, I didn't see a watermark?  First time I've used stock photos at all.  I'll check it better and find other pics if needed.

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        Teresa Higginsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Is the watermark the word "Shutterstock" printed across the picture?

        1. Dale Hyde profile image84
          Dale Hydeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          That would be the watermark that I was talking about.

    2. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not all photographs on Shutterstock are free, you have to make sure this one is actually free. When you become a member of the site it will tell you how to attribute them.

    3. Dale Hyde profile image84
      Dale Hydeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Wikimedia Commons has some great stuff depending on what you may be looking for.

  2. Millionaire Tips profile image92
    Millionaire Tipsposted 6 years ago

    The reason they say Shutterstock on them is because they are not free.  You can get one that doesn't have the watermark by paying the fee and downloading the picture.  The second one is copyrighted by Bork.

    To get free pictures, you can go to and search there.  This site searches Flickr and Google for images that are available through the creative commons license for free.

    You can find out how to attribute images here:

  3. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    Shutterstock is NOT public domain and you cannot use them.  I know this for sure as i sell my own photos on shutterstock and if you posted the thumbnails I would send you a stern take down notice.

    "Royalty free" means you pay for the pictures once, and do not have to pay ongoing royalties for use.  It does not mean they are free to use.

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    Teresa Higginsposted 6 years ago

    Okay, got it, certainly am not trying to "steal" a picture, that's why I asked first.  I will find other pictures before I publish...thanks.

  5. 2uesday profile image83
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    You could check out Pixabay to see if they have anything suitable in their Public Domain photos and images. They have a TOS page if you want to check out the suitablilty.

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      Teresa Higginsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      thank you, I will check it out!

  6. brakel2 profile image80
    brakel2posted 6 years ago has lovely free photos. I use the site for all my photos.

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    Teresa Higginsposted 6 years ago

    Great help...I really appreciate it, I'm going to look for free photos that will work for me.  This is the first time I have used photos from another source!


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