Sunday, October 9, 2011


I took a look at my posts from last year and I used a lot of pictures in my posts. But I stopped doing that when I found out that it is illegal to use pictures from Google on your blog, unless it is a free picture.

I didn't know that then and that is why I had to remove them all. So if you guys read an old post and see no pictures, you now know why. But there are great websites out there who do have free pictures and clip art which I am using now.

All you have to do is type in free pictures into Google search and you are set. I personally haven't found one website I would recommend yet, this whole free picture thing is still new to me, just saying.


  1. Should be fine to use them if you give credit to the author. I prefer images in the public domain or easily attributable (i.e., the pictures you find on Wikipedia, Fish & Wildlife, Associated Press, etc.), or free stock images from which don't require crediting the author. The A-Z challenge was a challenge for me because tracking down the ORIGINAL rights holder of all the pictures was a pain in the butt!

  2. Oh darn.

    I'll have to keep that in mind for the future.

  3. Creative commons is a good source.

  4. Renee - I can imagine, thanks for the tip.

    M.J. - Sorry to spoil your day. At least we now know.

    Bob - Thank you.

  5. Good to know. I have to admit, I have often wondered about the copyright law of pictures found through google searches. This is not an area of law that I am familiar with, but as a lawyer I know that ignorance of the law is never a defense.

    I am probably guilty of saving copies of clip art (never a photo of a person) to my computer. I don't think I have ever used any on my blog because of my uncertainty. I am going to check out a a site I heard of from one of the comments in this post.
    @Bob Scotney " Creative Commons"
    Personally, I have not had much luck with googling "free pictures or free clip art", the freebie sites I have found usually offer one free image and then you have to pay a weekly or monthly fee and even after paying the membership fee, some still charge an additional fee for pictures. I have found a few scams. I have paid for a few memberships only to discover that the selection offered was extremely limited. Of course these have all been from cheap sites. I suppose it will always remain true, "You get what you pay for".

    Thank you for confirming what I already suspected and that I did not investigate further, either out of laziness or simply not wanting to know.

    Good post & advice all bloggers should pay attention to


  6. Melissa - I am also taking Bob's great advice. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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