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I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would be a normal channel to get pictures for commercial use with minimal cost? How can I validate that the picture I used has no legal risk?

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"Public Domain" is the term for something that can be used for any purpose for free, without permission. –  Johannes Apr 1 '12 at 4:26
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Most of the time images with proper documentation can avoid legal issues there are so many sites having such images, they will provide you the whole uses document on request :



Hope this will help.

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I talked to an iStockPhoto rep and they told me that no matter which license I get, I could not distribute the images as part of a web application deployment package. –  ioSamurai Oct 18 '12 at 17:51
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A Google search for "stock photos" will turn up dozens of sites you can purchase images from.

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If you don't mind giving a credit to the picture author, you can search flickr images that use Creative Commons license, and use pictures that do not restrict commercial use.

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Just launched a new new photo sharing site. All images are public domain or creative commons license for commercial use.

http://stockphotogram.com

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This site doesn't exist any more. –  Simon Steinberger May 5 at 15:33
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http://www.freeimages.com (formerly sxc.hu) is very good source with royalty free photos

Always ask permission from the photographer if you want to use the Image In website templates that You intend to sell or distribute. For creating printed reproductions that You intend to sell. On "print on demand" items such as t-shirts, postcards, mouse pads, mugs (e.g. on sites like Cafepress), or on any similar mass produced item that would contain the Image in a dominant way.

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I did not see http://dreamstime.com listed above... So here it is!

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Here is one more site: http://freestockphotosgallery.godotmedia.com/ .

About validation of legal risk, the sites say state usage criteria while you go to the download page. You need to follow the criteria, like attribution to ensure that you don't fall into legal issues. Hope that helps.

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Pixabay.com offers over 200.000 photos, cliparts and vector graphics, all of which published under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain. So the pictures may be used worldwide without giving credits and without asking for permission for any purpose and without limitation.

According to Pixabay's terms, it's the uploaders responsibility to make sure contributed images are legal. Additionally, the images are checked manually upon upload. You can also use "Google Search by Image" to check the origin of possibly illegal images on your own. All in all it's very safe, but if course, it's not 100%.

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