FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Use Photos found on Photos-Public-Domain.com?

All of the pictures on this website have been released into the Public Domain. This means that you are free to use them for any purpose including commercial. If you do use the photos for commercial purposes, you should know that no model releases were obtained from any people in the photos. Also, you should use great care when using photos that have any identifiable brand names or logos for commercial purposes, as this can get you into great big trouble with the company in question. Other than that you are free to use, distribute, publish, reproduce or make derivitive works from any of these images.

Where Does Photos-Public-Domain.com Get these Pictures?

We are a small family owned webstie, and all of the photos on this site were taken by us. We do not use photos found on the web or taken by other photographers because we want to ensure that no one can claim the copyright to these photos.

Can I Claim Copyright on one of these Photos?

No. While you are free to use the photos, the copyright is Public Domain so you may not claim them as your own. If you make a derivitive work from one of these pictures (such as a painting), you can claim the copyright of the derivitive work, but not on the original photo.

What if I need a Different Size?

We have uploaded the highest resolution copy available. If you need a smaller size, you can easily import the image into an image manipulation software program (such as PhotoShop) and change the size and image quality.

Can I Hot Link to These Photos?

No. While we are happy to provide these photos for your use free of charge, we cannot provide you with free bandwidth. If you want to use one of these photos online, and need to host it somewhere. Please upload it to a photo hosting site such as Photobucket.

Do I need to get Permission to Use the Photos?

Nope. They are yours to use.

Do I need to Give a Photo Credit, Link or Attribution?

No. Our photos are free for you to use, so no credit or attribution is requred. That being said, we don’t have much of an advertising budget (as in no budget at all) so we appreciate any credits or links that you might be able to provide.

Why Are you Providing these Photos for Free?

We have worked in the on-line graphics business since 2004 and in that time we have come to the conclusion that once you post a photograph on the internet, people will treat it as if it is in the Public Domain whether it is or not. We have also grown quite weary of trying to sort out all of the crazy hoops that people want you to jump through in order to use their photos, and we figure that other people have as well. So rather than add to the craziness, we’ve decided to release our photos into the public domain so that people can use them without fear of someone sending them nasty letters or demanding royalties, etc., etc.

How is Photos-Public-Domain.com Funded?

We are funded purely through donations and advertising dollars.

What if I have More Questions?

Please feel free to contact us using our secure contact form.