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Public Domain Photos

icon of Public DomainFinding a photo from the web for your design project is easy. But you cannot simply download and use it, most of them are copyrighted. Some are free but with restrictions. The least restricted free images you can find are those in the public domain.

What is the Public Domain?

The public domain of copyright refers to the aggregate of those works that are not restricted by copyright within a given jurisdiction. A work may be part of the public domain because the applicable term of copyright has expired, because the rightsholder surrendered copyright in the work with a tool like CC0, or because the work did not meet the applicable standards for copyrightability.

In the simple words, it means those works are free for any personal or commercial use, and you’re allowed to edit it if necessary.

This page has a list of websites that offer public domain photos. But before you download and use it, you need to know:

  • Be careful with some photos that contain logos and products. Using someone else’s trademark commercially can get you sued.
  • If a person is recognizable in an image, a model release must be obtained before using the image for commercial purposes.
  • Not all images in the listed websites are in public domain. You should read the information about the image before you download it.

PublicDomainPictures.net

Total images: 17.000+
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: Yes
License: Public Domain
Public Domain Pictures - Free Stock Photos

Public Domain Images

Total images: 12000+
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: Yes
License: Public Domain
Public Domain Images

BurningWell.org

Total images: 6000+
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: No
License: Public Domain
BurningWell.org - Free Public Domain Images and Photos

Public Domain Photos

Total images: ± 5000
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: No
License: Public Domain
Free Stock Photos

PDPhoto.org

Total images: 3000+
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: Yes
License: Public Domain
Free Photos and Pictures

ThePublicDomain.net

Total images: 1800+
Searchable: Yes
Categorized: No
RSS Feed list: No
License: Public Domain
The Public Domain

Plant Pages

Total images: 80+
Searchable: No
Categorized: Yes
RSS Feed list: No
License: Public Domain
Free Public Domain Plant Images

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