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Just like with other media, in most cases images are protected under copyright by the work's creator. Reusing a copyright protected image without permission could be copyright infringement. To avoid infringement and respect intellectual property laws, it's best practice to use images that can be REUSED, REVISED, REMIXED, or REDISTRIBUTED. These include:
Public Domain works (copyright has expired)
United States government works (do not qualify for copyright protection)
Creative Commons licensed works (creators have specifically granted a license for others to reuse the content within specific limits)
What About Fair Use?
Fair use may be an option in some cases and it's important to perform a Fair Use Analysis for each image. Using an image from one of the REUSED, REVISED, REMIXED, or REDISTRIBUTED categories above if using a specific images is not necessary.
Finding Free Images
Not all images in these collections are free for REUSE, REVISION, REMIXING, and REDISTRIBUTION. Be sure to check the license for each image for more details.
This collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos shot from our own perspective, featuring disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) across the Pacific Northwest.
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.