Stop stealing images from Google image searches to use on your Web sites! Honor the intellectual property of others. Who knows? One day you too may have some intellectual property you want to protect. Then again, maybe not. After all, if you’ve stolen images and posted them in public view on the Internet, where pages live literally forever and where people can see what you’ve done, what are the odds that you might produce something people might want? I just call ’em like I see ’em, you thoughtless thieves.
Of course, with unlimited funds you can buy the images you need for any project, but with fees often running into the thousands of dollars for a one-time print use, for example, this is often impossible. And taking your own images is often impractical because of time, cost, travel, or equipment restrictions.
So what can you do? Use high quality FREE images and clip art from established free resources like the following:
- flickr.com Read this page to understand Creative Commons Rights for not only Flickr, but other image and texts freely available to you for use.
- sxc.hu Stock Exchange
- morguefile.com Morgue File
- Library of Congress Creative Commons
- The Smithsonian Creative Commons
If you know of more resources, post them below.