Copyright Free Photos – Tips to Protect Your Site

Struggling to have copyright free photos on your blog site or other websites? And if it is copyrighted, what are the proper steps to take to not get into trouble? This page is written from experience on learning how to determine whether a picture you want to use is copyright protected or not.

Copyright Free Photos or Not? That is the question.

When you are an amateur learning to do this thing called blogging, there are some general rules you need to follow. The biggest one is that of plagiarism. Everyone one should have a keen understanding of what plagiarism is and that to commit this act is actually a “breach of journalistic ethics”. Thanks Copyleeks for a great phrase!

Definition of Plagiarism: taking another person’s work or ideas and claiming it as your own.

We learn early on in school that cheating is not a good thing and there will be consequences to those that do when caught. It is never a matter of if, it is a matter of when. Teachers are still smarter than students. Every generation has learned that. Nowadays teachers, professors, and instructors utilize tools to help them verify a student’s work. Even Google has their own tools to look for scraped content. If you want to learn why your page was just denied by Google Adsense for scraped content, check out my page here.

Ensuring Your Site has Copyright Free Photos

The number one way to ensure your pages only contain copyright free photos is to only use your own. Doing it the old fashioned way with a camera and loading the pictures to your computer or using your phone. That is the best way to ensure you are not infringing on any copyrights.

How to Check a Picture for a Copyright

Another way is to check the picture for copyright or even a watermark. However there are many things that are not copyrightable and you can comfortably use the images.

If you are using Google Images, there is a relatively unknown method that more of us doing websites need to be aware of.

  1. Go to Google Images
  2. Now Click on Settings and choose Advanced Search
  3. Type in the Image you are looking for in “all these words” or what you deem appropriate.
  4. Look through the other choices and input your information as needed.
  5. At the bottom is “Usage Rights”, I tend to choose the “free to use, share or modify, even commercially” option

Make it your own!

You can also have some additional fun and make these pictures your own. Just simply use the various apps available either on your phone or computer. I personally love using Canva on both my phone and computer. I have had some fun making several creations using it. Most for free but I am considering investing into my business to give me more freedom. Here is a sampling of what I have created already and I know more is coming!

copyright free photos

Have some fun with this! But do it the right way.

Your pages will thank you!

Remember it’s easier to do things right the first time rather than having to redo it again.