flickr How To Find Photos You Can Legally Use Anywhere

A screen capture of a Flickr search containing Creative Commons licensed photographs available for commercial use. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – No matter what you publish — a blog, updates to the company website, project reports or even the venerable tri-fold — you no doubt need artwork to complement it. Most people run to the internet in search of photos and clip art, since those images are free and easily accessed. But a lot of those resources are copyrighted, and using them without permission can easily land you in an embarrassing legal confrontation. That’s easy to avoid, though, if you know how and where to look for the right kind of images.

In a nutshell, you should look for photos and other images which have a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons is the name of a nonprofit organization that has developed a number of licenses, all available for free, to help artists share their work.

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