While I’m fairly certain most artists don’t scour Google for copyright infringement violations against themselves, I still like to try my best to obey the law on it. Because I have a degree in school library and media services, I took a few classes learning about copyright law and fair use. I figure it wouldn’t look good for my career if I cheated, grabbed everything off DeviantArt I liked and hoped nobody would ask me if I had the right to use my images.
In this article, I’m going to show you all of the cool public domain stuff I found. I was expecting to find a smattering of decades old clip art and photographs from the 1800’s. I was blown away. There is so much more out there.
The Public Domain Site. There aren’t images here, but you can find all of the legal details about US public domain laws.
Open Culture. This is a treasure trove of free knowledge. The images are fabulous. But there’s so much more. You can see movies, read books, download music, find free courses and textbooks and a lot more.
NASA. Their images are mind blowing and free!
Public Domain Review. This is a favorite of mine. There is a vast collection with an amazing variety of time periods and styles. Many of the items are very new. The creators chose the public domain upon creation.
Wikimedia. This has a vast collection that has many academic images. I found many favorites here. The website looks like it’s stuck in the 90s, but don’t let that scare you off. There are a lot of high resolution, full color, free images here.
New York Public Library Public Domain Archive. Almost 200,000 free images. Most of these are the antique sort, but it’s still fascinating
Public Domain Archive Despite the name, this site also has stock images. When you search for an images, you can specify the maximum price you wish to pay. Hit zero and it’s all free. I found a good number of modern photos here.
Viintage. Unfortunately, this site is undergoing extended maintenance right now, so I can’t say much about it. I wanted to mention it because whenever I search Google for public domain images, the most surreal and freaky looking images come from here. I can’t wait to check it out.
There are many more sites, but these are my current favorites. Enjoy making blogs, book covers or whatever you like with the gems