Finding Copyright Free Images for your Altered Book
Copyright free images are pictures without copyright. In other words, you can use them legally in your art works.
My friend took the pictures used in this book and gave me permission to use them. Therefore, although not copyright free, they are published legally.
Pictures that are copyright free are in the public domain, meaning anyone can use them Pleasses refer to the copyright page on this web site for more information about this complex topic.
Where to Get Copyright Free Images
Create Them Yourself Technically speaking, images you create personally are not copyright free, since you own the copyright yourself. Take pictures with a camera, paint, draw, generate an image on the computer... and its yours!
Use Copyrighted Images with Permission
The majority of the images you find are not copyright free. This applies to postcards, magazines, newspapers, catalogues, junk mail, pictures in books, pictures created by your friends, images captured from video or television, and pictures found on the Internet.
However, if you have written permission from the copyright holder,then you are free to use the pictures in your projects.
Sometimes people will give you their okay to use their pictures, as my friend did in the image above.
Sometimes copyright holders will permit you to use their images under certain conditions -- which could include attributing the source, placing restrictions on how the work can be published and distributed, or in exchange for licensing fees or royalties.
Use Copyright Free Images that are in the Public Domain
An image reverts to the public domain a number of years after the creator's death (barring other legal implications). The exact number of years differs from country to country. An image can also be in the public domain if its creator has put it there.
Once an image is in the public domain, you can use it any way you want.
Ookaboo. More than 45,000 images that are all public domain or creative commons so they can be used freely for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Other Ways to Find Images
Google Image Search Function.
Go to Google Search Engine Home Page, then hit on the
Image Finder link. Enter your key word and you will find hundreds of images. Check to see if they are copyright free.