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As artists, bloggers, authors, publishers, and generally creative people, we often turn to stock images — at sites like Shutterstock, DepositPhotos.com, FreeImages.com, MorgueFile.com (not what it sounds like), and a bazillion others — for art, photos, and inspiration.
We also use things like the Creative Commons search engine, to find hidden gems for our work.
But, do you know what’s okay to use in your artwork…? And what’s legal to use in artwork you sell…?
I’ve talked about copyright in the past. I’ve also debunked the “three stroke rule.” Those are old articles, but most of the information still applies. (Remember: I’ve been online, talking about art, for 20 years now. Really.)
Now, a friend has created a helpful infographic on the topic of stock images and how/when to use them. Most of these rules – and resources – apply to photos you’ll use in your art, too.
Here it is, linked from a useful article: How to Find and Download Images…