What Is Copyright Free Images?

A copyright-free image is one that is provided by the photographer to be used by any person.

However, the owner of the picture or photographer may still own a copyright on a particular photo or image, but simply has provided authorization for the image to be used by others.

Find images, text, and videos you can reuse

  • Go to Advanced Image Search for images or Advanced Search for anything else.
  • In the “all these words” box, type what you want to search.
  • In the “Usage rights” section, use the drop-down to choose what kind of license you want the content to have.
  • Select Advanced Search.

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution.

Nope. Royalty free generally means that you pay a one-time fee in exchange for the right to use a photograph (or some other work protected by copyright, patent, or trademark) according to agreed upon terms, with no ongoing license fees due for further use. It does not mean that the work is copyright free.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can avoid illegal copyright violations.

  1. Always ask permission to use a photo.
  2. Give proper credit to the creator of the photo.
  3. Understand the Fair Use copyright.
  4. Use images with Creative Commons licenses.
  5. Purchase stock photos.