Pixabay Revisited

A number of posts ago I posted about Using Images – avoiding copyright. Whilst writing the post I came across Pixabay and that attribution was not require in most cases, in fact it is not required at all. In fact it goes someone to solving a recent project question of how can we access a bank of media resources but without costing the earth and using them external to developing organisations? Well the solution certainly seems to be the whole point of Pixabay which in their own words is ….

“Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task – due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality.
This inspired us to create Pixabay – a repository for stunning public domain pictures.
Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos.
You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.”

What it also allows you to do is to share your own images (after an initial maximum of 10 that require approval that can take up to a few days) all they ask is that you allow them to be available for free and that they follow the  Photography Training and Image Quality Standards set by Pixabay. Your own images can be reviewed by order of upload, downloads, popularity, views, likes, favourites, comments.

User Portfolios can be searched as well by entering in the user name after “user:“, search my portfolio here user:techlec. Think of the use to students that require images or have images to share!


Using Images – avoiding copyright

I have had a number of discussions recently regarding the use of copyrighted/licensed images, especially in light of the FELTAG report and the need to create engaging online material. Decent free images are not easy to come by and there are those that are in all honesty are used with the intention of not breaching any copyright or infringing any rights but still do, so I thought I would post some useful information and thoughts.


  • Google search for images with usage rights
    1. Type in search criteria into Google
    2. Ensure you are on images
    3. Select search tools
    4. Select usage rights
    5. choose appropriate rights – “Labelled for reuse with modification” being the most versatile


  • So what happens when you have an image, maybe from an old resource, and you want to check that it is not copyrighted – hard to track down isn’t it! well visit Google Search by images https://images.google.com – upload your image (or use an image URL) and it will let you know if Google can find it (or similar images). Try the following ninja to see if you can find out where it may have originated from. URL http://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2013/07/13/09/38/ninja-155848_640.png