Anyone can find every image they could imagine simply by conducting a Google search for whatever it is they seek. However (and pay attention now)...in most cases it is against copyright law to use those images. To put it another way:
To grab an image from a Google search and use it in content without citing the source is stealing.
Yes, you heard me right. Likely this is not the intent, however, it is often what happens. There are even content marketing companies managing social media for other organizations that make this a common practice. However, there can be nasty legal repercussions that can occur, and rightly so.
Best practice is simply to source images with a creative commons license (which means that artists have given permission for others to use their images), and there are many sites that also require no royalty fees so that images are free.
So, rather than risk the penalties of stealing an image from Google, try one of these 12 sites that offer free creative commons images.
Public Domain Pictures: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net
1 Million Free Pictures: http://www.1millionfreepictures.com
PD Pics: http://pdpics.com
New Old Stock: http://nos.twnsnd.co
Pickup Image: http://pickupimage.com
Public Domain Archive: http://publicdomainarchive.com
Happy image sourcing.
Originally Published on the Frances Leary Blog
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