Indeed they are.
Indeed they are not. If you like one, buy it. You will be supporting our effort to bring you millions of high quality public domain images.
Absolutely not. Other sites may do this, but we do not see the point of offering free images and then putting up barriers. Your image is a click away.
If it was explicitly licensed by the author as CC0 or enough time has passed (depending on the laws of your country) then it is in the public domain. You can find a complete discussion on Public Domain Sherpa. Note that just because someone marks an image as CC0 does not make it so. That person must be the author or creator of the work in question.
There are no copyright restrictions. However there may be other use restrictions you need to consider. If the image has a person who has not signed a model release, you should be careful. See this article on Fstoppers and another explanation on Pixabay
All of the images on our site were marked as public domain when we acquired them. It is your responsibility to investigate and confirm. Sometimes on flickr or wikipedia, images licenses will be changed. Sometimes it will simply be incorrectly marked as public domain. Please do your homework before uisng an image marked as public domain, especially if it will be used in publication.
Click on the image and go to its display page. There we list details about the image. In the section with the icon, you will see the site or sites of origin. Click on the name of the site to go to the image's display page on that site.
A Google reverse image search could also provide more information. A link to perform the search is in the section below the section with the icon.
CC0 is a public domain dedication and as such is functionally equivalent to being in the public domain. The summary of the license (as of 7/2017) is as follows:
Some notes on the search:
girls swimming, only pictures whose description contain both words will be found.
girls or boys swimming, pictures whose description contain both
swimmingwill be found.
children, girls or boys swimming, then the search will be for (
boys) and swimming.
orclause, and commas must be between those words, except the last two which must be separated by an
people, child, children, girls or boys swimmingis ok.
people child, children, girls or boys swimming(note the missing comma after people) will also work, but the effect would be the same as
child, children, girls or boys swimming people. In other words the
peopleterm must be present because without a trailing comma, it is not part of the
"Red Flower"will be more selective than
Red Flower(without quotes) since the first example requires that the two words be next to each other.
Yes, but be aware that if this is abused, we may change this policy. Please choose an appropriate size and do not hot link to an image that is more than twice the resolution that it will be displayed. Also we reserve the right to (but are currently do not) put a small logo/watermark on images that are hot linked. If you really want the image, downloading it and putting it on your server is the best option.
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