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Author Topic: "Free and Public Domain Photo & Image Providers" by Jerry Witt of Motion City  (Read 4353 times)

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I wanted to share a very good blog post by Jerry Witt of Motion City, a long-time, valued ELI Community member and friend.

http://motioncity.com/news/free-and-public-domain-photo-and-image-providers

Jerry has been known for years at ELI as a "voice of reason". Jerry is well-informed and well-versed in subject matters he choose to write about.

Because I have chosen to largely stay away from 3rd-party imagery, I am not as informed as Jerry who has done the work and research to find legitimate sources of free imagery. 

The one plug I want to make that Jerry does not list in his post is CanStockPhoto.com.  I did my homework on them and while I have not yet purchased imagery from them, I am satisfied with my Q&A with them on my issues of concern. The most important being that they do not appear to be in the extortion letter business and they have a liberal policy and license of use.

Since Jerry supports Pond5, I think he will like CanStockPhoto as well.  I interviewed Pond5 and I found them agreeable to do business with.
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Hey Matthew,

Thanks for sharing my blog post. I share stuff infrequently and this was one that took me the better part of  day to put together. Sourcing affordable images is very challenging and I hope people find it helpful.

I will check out CanStockPhoto.com soon.
Although I may be a super-genius, I am not a lawyer. So take my scribblings for what they are worth and get a real lawyer for real legal advice. But if you want media and design advice, please visit Motion City at http://motioncity.com.

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I just came across another photo sharing site with gorgeous images:
https://unsplash.com/explore
Although I may be a super-genius, I am not a lawyer. So take my scribblings for what they are worth and get a real lawyer for real legal advice. But if you want media and design advice, please visit Motion City at http://motioncity.com.

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Any thoughts on:

https://www.pexels.com/
https://www.canva.com/

We are in the process of contracting with a company to help manage our online material and they said they would use images from those 2 sites.  I don't want to run into any infringement issues if they inadvertently use an image that is copyrighted.

 

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