Do you want to launch a new website or blog or you already have one, but you want to spice it up? It turns out that a simple thing like adding stock photos can make a huge difference. In the past, website owners avoided photos and videos or used small photos because most people had slow Internet connections. The situation is different now and modern Internet users can load pages with multiple photos in a matter of seconds.
There is no doubt that images are a great way to grab the attention of visitors. Stock photos come with royalties and that’s why they cost a certain amount of money. Obviously, many people are ready to pay to get a photo on their website, but keep in mind that we are talking about a significant expense if you are posting blogs and articles on a daily basis.
So, the question is whether you can start reusing images you find useful on the Internet without paying a dime. There is an opportunity like this, but this doesn’t mean that you can copy and reuse any image you find online because most of the images come with certain intellectual property rights. In other words, if you use them without permission, you can expect a lawsuit from the owner.
The free and legal solution that we are talking about is known as Creative Commons images. Creative Commons or simply CC is a non-profit organization. The main purpose of this organization is to provide access to other people’s creative works that are free for reuse. They have described themselves as a platform that provides access to free tools that allow artists, scientists, authors, and educators share their unique work with a specific level of freedoms they want. So, artists can label their work as some right reserved or completely free work. Most of the Creative Commons images come with an Attribution license. This means that users are free to copy, display, distribute and perform their copyrighted work as long as they provide credits to the author.
There are many places where you can find Creative Commons images and most of them are allowing commercial use too. Some of these places include Flickr, Pexels, and Pixabay. There are literally thousands of free images that you can use on your blog or website and they are separated into different categories which makes it even easier to find what you are looking for.