Europeana Collections

Website: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en

Conditions: Europeana is the digital platform for European cultural heritage. Many of the images have no use restrictions on them and are free to use for any purpose. To search for these, tick the Free Re-use box on the left side of the search filters.

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The re-use conditions for free may be affected by the copyright conditions in your country:

Rights Reserved – Free Access

This rights statement has been RETIRED from use by Europeana and replaced with ‘In Copyright’.

This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. This digital object is accessible without charge, but its use is subject to the licensing conditions set by the organization giving access to it.

Unless expressly stated otherwise in the licensing conditions, you are free to make any of the acts permitted by your national copyright and related rights act, including browsing, printing and making a copy for your own personal purposes.

All other acts of reproduction and communication to the public are subject to the licensing conditions attached to the digital object.

Source: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/rights/rr-f.html

Europeana Collections

University of Leiden / Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Website: https://socrates.leidenuniv.nl/R/?func=search-simple&local_base=gen01-disc

Conditions:

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) has brought in more than 2,400 photos to Wikipedia. Leiden University Libraries (UBL), which manages this photo collection, has made this donation possible together with the Working Group on Special Scientific Libraries (WSWB). Imports of these images in Wikimedia Commons (the “Image Database” of Wikipedia) was done by Special Wikipedian in Residence, Hans Muller. The importance of the donation is the improvement of access to the history of Indonesia and India. The photos may be used in articles in Wikipedia, but are also now easily accessible for research and use in articles, blogs and various other applications.

Due to this donation to the Wikimedia Commons, the historical photos are also available for the public domain. This means that everyone is allowed to use the pictures for free and thus this photo collection has a much more global audience. The worldwide public also has an opportunity to improve and supplement the captions of the photographs when needed.

Source: http://www.library.leiden.edu/news/wikimedia-commons-english.html

(via @icpetrie)

University of Leiden / Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

 

Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/search#/page/1

Collection:

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years.

Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation.  It is not owned by her as a private individual.

Conditions: Images may be free to use upon personal application to the Picture Library detailing the academic project.

Source: Personal communication. Contact the Picture Library via https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/picturelibrary

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

WorldImages / California State University IMAGE Project

Website: http://worldimages.sjsu.edu

Conditions:

You are free to use these images for non-profit educational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License.

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Source: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/

WorldImages / California State University IMAGE Project

Pixabay

Website: https://pixabay.com

Conditions:

On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 as public domain.
You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. Read more in our blog.

Understand “public domain” as the permission to freely use (display, modify, print, etc.) an image without asking permission from the image author. However, it is still your responsibility, to make sure the depicted content (persons, logos, private property, etc.) is suitable for your application and does not infringe any rights.

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/service/faq/

Pixabay

New York Public Library Public Domain Images

Website: full collections – http://digitalcollections.nypl.org

Public domain images – http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?utf8=✓&keywords=&filters[rights][]=pd

Conditions: Some free, some with minimal charge for publication

Even though we believe the images we have uploaded to The Commons on Flickr are in the “public domain” and thus not subject to copyright restrictions, these photos may be subject to other third party rights, such as rights of privacy and rights of publicity. In all instances, you are required to obtain all necessary permissions before using our photos. For example, if you find a photo from NYPL’s collections that includes a person, you would be responsible for obtaining the permission of the person in the photo before you use the photo. Please read the Terms and Conditions of our website for more detailed information about these issues: http://www.nypl.org/legal/

Fee Schedule below lists one-time fees per image to access high resolution TIFF files. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material nor does it place restrictions on usage or any future usage. The Library also does not provide “permission” or “licensing” agreements for these images.

Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography
Individuals $50 $50

Source: http://www.nypl.org/help/get-what-you-need/photographic-services/obtaining-images

New York Public Library Public Domain Images

Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images

Website: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

Conditions: A range of access permissions as below. May be hard to find a specific image but is a huge and ever updating source.

Attribution means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.

Noncommercial iconNoncommercialmeans:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.

No Derivative Works iconNo Derivative Worksmeans:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike iconShare Alike means:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

CC0 iconPublic Domain Dedication (CC0)means:
You, the copyright holder, waive your interest in your work and place the work as completely as possible in the public domain so others may freely exploit and use the work without restriction under copyright or database law.

Public Domain Work iconPublic Domain Workmeans:
Works, or aspects of copyrighted works, which copyright law does not protect. Typically, works become part of the public domain because their term of protection under copyright law expired, the owner failed to follow certain required formalities, or the works are not eligible for copyright protection.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed Images