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A good site to find free photos with no copyright issues

Updated on July 20, 2010

Where can you get plenty of free photos from?

I have sometimes used sxc.hu. There are tons of free photos on sxc.hu, on all sorts of different subjects. Just be sure to read beneath each photo what the permissions are for using the photo - or even link to the profile of the person on that site who provided the photo, as sometimes the permissions seem to differ slightly.

The person who uploaded the photo is the one who says how it can be used. Some of the photos can be used without any linking back at all required, and the person does not even want notification of where you used it. However, some want at least feedback on where you used their photos, and, some want to be credited, or linked back to.

There are really very many there that say they don't need any notification at all, but it's nice and good manners to go back and at least tell them thanks for uploading that photo, because it came in handy for you, and you can tell them where it appears, so that they can see where work they are proud of, and put effort into, appears - it may also encourage them to upload more photos that appeal to you. sxc.hu is a super resource for free photos.

It has a good search facility top left of each page - just type in a keyword, and then hit "enter" on your keyboard, and pages of results will come up, showing many photos you can look through, and click on to view larger and read the permissions below or next to each one - remember to visit the photographer's profile if you are not sure.

Generally, the free photos are meant for use in projects, or for displaying on your own website or website profiles, and not for making copies of and reselling them - and that makes perfect sense - if somebody else took the photo and is offering it to the public to use, free of charge, it would not be right to make copies of it and sell them. It is also not encouraged to add a whole bunch of these photos to your own site, offering them as free photos. If you want to offer free photos to everybody looking for or needing them, take those photographs with your own camera yourself, before displaying them on your site. Do not offer the same free photos that somebody else already is - they took trouble to take the photos; you can too.

There are many sites offering free photos with no linking back required. Just google "free photos" or "free public domain photos". Good luck!

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    • sweetie1 profile image

      sweetie1 

      5 years ago from India

      Thanks Teresa for sharing this hub as I always is in need of pictures for my hubs or jokes site. Voting it up and useful.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Teresa,

      This is a very useful hub for me, because many times I have difficulty finding free photos with no copywright issue. Thanks for the information. Voted up and sharing.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks seotechnology - totallyfreeimages is another one I've come across - mostly older pictures, but no registration required, and they're public domain (most of them you must check when you use each one) so don't even need a link or credit back.

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      seotechnology 

      6 years ago from India

      Yes, this is a good site. freedigitalphotos is another good one. It does not require a registration. You can use them and give a word of credit or a linkback.

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      Paul Goodman 

      7 years ago from Florida USA

      Great hub and advice! Voted up!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ Nera - thanks - lol, Tony is my boyfriend and is sitting right next to me and appreciates your comment on what he said. He really means it though - that it's a pity so many people out there don't give credit where credit is due - we've had quite a few of our own images "pinched." It's almost two in the morning here in SA - time for bed, goodnight!

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      Nora Tamba 

      8 years ago

      haven't heard of this site until you shared it. thanks. and yes, we need to give credits/thanks to the photographers even if they don't require anything. as tony flanigan said, this needs to go viral.

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      TanielHouston 

      8 years ago

      this is a great site. I use cartoon pictures but this site is great. Thanks Teresa. If you wan't to know how I et my pictures you can visit my hub here. Thumbs up

      http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-get-free-legal-pict...

    • Tony Flanigan profile image

      Tony Flanigan 

      8 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Great advice. Just a pity there are so many people out there who feel that it's okay to just take images without even bothering to give credit to the originator.

      Stumbled and seeded, this needs to go viral.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks for the comment evolve, I did see it the other day, and was a little confused. It was not clear to me how you were avoiding any copyright issues - I'll go and comment there now.

    • evolveasite profile image

      evolveasite 

      8 years ago from United States

      its not bad i checked out the site and its pretty good. Although I get photos a different way you can see the method i use on my hub

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