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30 EXCELLENT STOCK PHOTO SITES THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY FREE

DON’T RISK YOUR BUSINESS FOR INTERNET PHOTOS

Who knew that you can get yourself in a world of trouble by clicking the oh-so-easy button to save that beautiful photo online.

Who could resist an ocean view, a glittering Mac book, or pops of bright colors that would immediately make me smile.

I guess its safe to say that I was slightly addicted. Search engines like Google make it so simple for us to do.

When I started out, I had NO IDEA. I guess I should have known better but I never knew.

All through college, I would “save image as" for so many presentations or random blogs that I posted, not giving it a second thought.

It wasn’t until I got serious about my business that I discovered the amount of trouble I could have been in.

411 on clicking “save image as”.

All images that are placed on the internet are covered by the Copyright & Fair Use. Yes! Copyright laws apply to photos as well. 

You are not covered if you:

  • Accidentally posted it 
  • Put a disclaimer somewhere on your site 
  • Resize the photo
  • Take it down immediately after receiving a DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE
  • Make no money from your website

The best way to protect yourself from this is…wait for it….DON’T DO IT!

It’s not worth it. You could possibly get charged a huge fine and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a money tree growing in my yard. 

Be smart and use your own photos.  You can also use these websites for free stock images. 

Unsplash

Stocksnap

Pexels

Gratisography

Life of Pix

PicJumbo

I will continue to add to this list as I learn of new websites. 

HAVE YOU HAD AN ISSUE WITH STOCK PHOTOS ON YOUR BLOG? HAVE YOU ALWAYS TAKEN YOUR OWN PHOTOS? DO YOU HAVE MORE WEBSITES TO ADD TO THIS LIST? HAVE QUESTIONS OR WANT SOME IDEAS SPECIFIC TO YOU?