How to Get Copyright Free Images and Videos :
Regardless if you are a YouTuber, blogger or you run a website then high-quality images and videos are absolutely necessary for you.
I have a channel on YouTube and I am always searching for copyright free images on the internet because I didn’t want to get a copyright Strike on my channel. Still, I always try to use only the copyright free images and videos on my website as well as on my YouTube channel to make sure that I don’t get a copyright Strike.
In this article, I am going to show you how to get copyright free images and videos for your YouTube channel and your website.
These images and videos are going to be completely copyright free and you can use them anywhere, anytime for even the commercial purpose.
First of all, you must have so many questions in your mind right now about copyright free images and videos on the internet. So we will go through them all and this is the perfect article for you to understand everything about this whole topic.
Why use copyright free images
As all the images and videos are not copyright free so if you are using a copyrighted image then your content can get a copyright claim by the owner of that image. This can result in a copyright strike on youtube or it can even lead to some serious issues with your content if you are using these copyrighted images a lot. So it’s better to use a copyrighted free image and video instead.
What are royalty free images
Are royalty free images copyrighted
So the royalty is the way of earning revenue from a copyrighted work. These artists can license reproductions of their work and they can charge a royalty payment for providing their work to you.
So royalty free is a type of contract between two artists or in this case you can say that between the royalty free images provider and the creator who is going to use those images. So here the royalty-free means that once the images or videos are licensed under a set of rules then you can use those images for free anywhere at any time because you have the license for those royalty free images.
But the thing to keep in mind is that these are not the completely free images as you have to pay them for once.
What are copyright free images and videos
So here I’m talking about the images and videos that are completely copyright free. There is no hidden fees or no hidden condition or rule of using these images and videos.
Creative common images: So you can use these images as the artist has allowed everyone to use this images under the creative commons license but the creative common is also divided into other categories.
Creative common images and videos can have some hidden conditions while using. For an example, some of these images and videos can’t be used for commercial purpose.
So now here comes the real source of images and videos that you want to use specifically for your videos on youtube and articles on your website.
Creative Common zero License (cc0)
So these are the images that we want to use everywhere in our articles and videos.
So you must have seen that it’s really hard to understand the creative common licenses but the thing that you have to understand for sure is that under the creative commons zero licenses, you can use images for completely free. There is no hidden fees, guideline or any other condition.
You can use these images for even any legal purpose.
These images are completely free for your personal as well as commercial purpose.
You can modify, edit and even distribute these photos.
You don’t have to give any description or credit to the creator of these images and videos as there is no attribution required.
Although there is just one condition that we all have to agree upon. You don’t have to use these images for anything that will appear in a bad light in a way that may be offensive. It’s not a big deal if you want to just use these images or videos on your articles and videos for any creation or guiding purpose.
So now let’s talk about the best sources from where you can find these cc0 images and videos for your usage purpose on your articles or your videos.
Copyright free Images with Google images Search
So before we go to the further websites from where you can find these photos and videos. We should talk about the Google images from where you can use the filters to find the images which are copyright free and can be even used for commercial purpose.
Although these images also come from the websites. This is the way that is wildly popular for finding the copyright free images so we have to discuss this process first.
How to find copyright free images with Google image search
So here is an example. I have searched for the Background in Google images so most of the images that I will find here are not copyright free
So the first thing that you have to do is Go to the settings
Then go to advanced search
Here is the advanced image search section. Just go down in usage rights.
So here the current license says not filtered by license and you have to change it according to your need.
There are many Usage options which you will find here
free to use or share
free to use or share, even commercial
free to use, share or modify
free to use, share or modify, even commercially
So the option that I will recommend the most is –
free to use, share or modify, even commercially
Just select this option and click on advanced search
Now all the images that you will find here in Google images are completely free and you can use them anywhere you want.
Where to find copyright free photos – Websites
So here I am going to discuss the best websites from where you can find all these images, videos which are licensed under creative commons zero. You can use these image at any time without worrying about any copyright issue.
So I have mentioned Pixabay on the top of this list as it is one of the best websites to fulfill your need. I am using this website for last 1 year. I have used more than hundreds of images and videos from this website on my YouTube videos.
Currently, most of the images on my websites are also taken from this website. Yes, I can say that this is my favorite website for searching any of the copyright free images and videos.
You will find all the high-quality photos and videos on this website.
So Pexels is another amazing and one of the best website that comes after Pixabay.
This website is same as Pixabay. All the images are licensed under creative commons zero license which means that you can use these images wherever you want.
However, I have seen that you will find less amount of images and especially videos on this website as compared to Pixabay but some of these images on this website are even better than Pixabay.
So the images that you can’t find on Pixabay, you may find them on pixels.
So these two websites are the websites that I have personally used most but there are also some other websites which are similar to these and can be used for your purpose.
Although the Flickr website is not dedicated to the public domain images, they have a big library for the high-quality public domain images and which can be a big source of your needs.
So this is the part of Wikipedia umbrella project, yes can find almost any of the sites photos, videos and other media, as well as some of these photos, can be used for free.
StockVault is another great website that contains thousands of free stock images in a large variety of categories divided on the website.
So these all are the best sources to get copyright free images and videos.
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