Bloggers, if you haven't read this post by Roni Loren yet, you need to right now: Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story
Now, most of us can say we've been guilty of posting images on our blogs that we were aware we're copyrighted. (Hello, can you say my IAN?!) Since reading this, I have scrubbed my blog clean of many images, not wanting to suffer the same consequences.
There is hope, though, and still a way to keep our blogs looking pretty and eye-catching. I've done some searching this morning for links on where to legally obtain images with Common Creative licenses, most of which only require attribution (credit) to the photographer.
As always, you should make sure you've read the licenses yourself, to be sure you are allowed to use this image, and I've even included a link at the bottom of this post that has a quick and easy breakdown on what these licenses mean for you.
Places to obtain free stock images:
Public Domain Photos:
Want fun glitters? Try: http://www.glittergraphicsite.com/
Bad Neighborhood has a great meta search option which will search for CC images from many of the stock sites I listed above. (You'll still want to read the licenses)
As for licenses, I know many of our eyes roll into our head trying figure out what these licenses mean for us as bloggers.
In general, you want a straight attribution license, but what does that mean?
|© Vasilkova | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photo|
Famous Bloggers has a breakdown on the type of Creative Commons license information on this page that many of you will find helpful: http://www.famousbloggers.net/find-free-stunning-images-blog.html
Hope this helps everyone and keeps us out of trouble!