Images you have created are automatically protected under copyright unless specified otherwise. Copyright protects images and other such things online and in print to prevent people reusing them without permission legally. This can be done through overlaying a watermark over an image and uploading to a website like the ones listed below where they store your images under certain terms and conditions.

Copyright is important as it protects an individual or company as the owner of a piece of creative work completely owned by them. The law disallows others from using said creative works without permission and copyright can be used in court against someone if they did so happen to use your work without your permission.


“The current act is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

  1. Types of work protected
    1. Literary

      song lyrics, manuscripts, manuals, computer programs, commercial documents, leaflets, newsletters & articles etc.

    2. Dramatic

      plays, dance, etc.

    3. Musical

      recordings and score.

    4. Artistic

      photography, painting, sculptures, architecture, technical drawings/diagrams, maps, logos.

    5. Typographical arrangement of published editions

      magazines, periodicals, etc.

    6. Sound recording

      may be recordings of other copyright works, e.g. musical and literary.

    7. Film

      video footage, films, broadcasts and cable programmes.

    The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992 extended the rules covering literary works to include computer programs.

  1. For literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works

    70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last remaining author of the work dies.

    If the author is unknown, copyright will last for 70 years from end of the calendar year in which the work was created, although if it is made available to the public during that time, (by publication, authorised performance, broadcast, exhibition, etc.), then the duration will be 70 years from the end of the year that the work was first made available.”

This shows that copyright on artistic works will last for 70 years and from when owner dies, or 70 years from when the work is published in any form.

TWO website where you can download images legally and for free,


http://www.morguefile.com/ – terms and conditions say the following –


You are free:

  • Remix – to adapt the work.
  • Commercial – to use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Without Attribution – to use without attributing the original author.

Under the following conditions:

  • Stand alone basis – You can not sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration.
  • Ownership – You may not claim ownership of this image in its original state.

The above website allows you to adapt the work of photographers from the site legally without having to worry about copyright and/or the original owners of the website.




Licenses Associated With Content on the Websites and Services.

  1. CC Content: All Content (other than computer software) owned by Creative Commons and made available by CC on the Websites or through the Services is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, unless marked otherwise.
  2. Your Content: You retain the copyright in Content you own and that you provide on the Websites or in connection with the Services. You hereby agree that all Content you own and voluntarily provide to CC on or through any Website or Service may be used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license or any later version of a Creative Commons Attribution International License, is not copyrightable, or is in the public domain (such as Content you make available under CC0). When you post Content you own, you designate Creative Commons for purposes of attribution as provided in Section 3(a)(1)(A)(i) of that license, and grant permission for the relevant Website URI to be associated with Content you own for purposes of that license. If Content you own and provide is protected by copyright, then unless it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, you must not provide it to CC. For the avoidance of doubt, you may otherwise license your Content on any terms or no terms at all, but upon uploading or supplying Content you own that is protected by copyright to CC on the Websites or in connection with the Services, you are licensing such Content under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (and future versions of the Creative Commons Attribution International License) as provided herein in addition to any such other license that may apply to Content you own; provided, however, that this subparagraph (b)(ii) shall not apply to Content, if any, that you identify or reference when using our License Chooser or CC0 Chooser but that you do not supply or upload onto the Websites or in connection with the Services. For Content you upload onto the Websites or supply in connection with the Services that is not owned by you, you agree that all such Content has been licensed by its owner under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, is not copyrightable, or is in the public domain (such as Content made available under CC0). If Content you do not own is not available under these terms, you must not provide it to CC.

This section above is basically saying that all images on this site or providing a portal to are marked under CC4.0 which allows the work to be used in any way by anyone anywhere so long as the original author is credited where published.

and TWO websites where you can store images without people taking them legally – and also make money by selling the license.


http://www.shutterstock.com/faq.mhtml – this website protects photographers through copyright, as the images are not creative commons.



All images and other content on this Site (collectively the “Content”), as well as the selection and arrangement of the Content, are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property laws and treaties (collectively, “Intellectual Property Laws”). Any unauthorized use of any Content may violate such laws and the Terms of Use. Except as expressly provided herein or in the Subscriber Terms of Service, Shutterstock does not grant any express or implied permission to use any Content. You agree not to copy, republish, frame, link to, download, transmit, modify, adapt, create derivative works based on, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, display, perform, license, sublicense or reverse engineer the Site or any or the Content. In addition, you agree not to use any data mining, robots or similar data and/or image gathering and extraction methods in connection with the Site or Content.
* You own your photos: When you upload a photo to Flickr, you retain all the rights and ownership over that photo. You can easily change the type of license you want to apply to your photo with a Creative Commons License and allow for certain uses of the image by others, but by default, your photo is set to “All Rights Reserved”.


  1. You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in User Content that you submit, or make available through, the Yahoo Services. When you submit or make available User Content on publicly accessible areas (described below) of the Yahoo Services, you give to Yahoo the following licence(s):
  2. For photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo Services, you give to Yahoo the worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to use, distribute, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, publicly perform and publicly display the User Content on the Yahoo Services:
    1. for the purposes for which that User Content was submitted; and
    2. for the purpose of promoting the Yahoo property to which the User Content was submitted or the Yahoo Services anywhere on the Yahoo network or in connection with any distribution or syndication arrangement with other organisations or individuals or their sites.
Your images are therefore still yours and cannot be copied legally – a safe place for you to store your images online and distribute for royalties.

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