Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 Written by Courtney Seiter Here on the Buffer blog, we think a lot about visual content. We’ve shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. We’ve explored tools that help anyone create visual content. But there’s one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content? It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. Nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright—a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution or even create your own image from scratch. We’ll explore all of these and then some in this post about free image sources. A few things to know before we get started: What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. There are various types of Creative Commons licenses that [...]
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