Tutorial: Finding Copyright Free Images at The Commons at Flickr

January 25, 2017
In an ongoing effort to help you find copyright free imagery, or imagery with “no known copyright restrictions” here is another source.


William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)
Collection of National Media Museum
Photomicrograph of insect wings, as seen in a solar microscope.
We’re happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the original physical version of apply though; if you’re unsure please visit the National Media Museum website.
For obtaining reproductions of selected images please go to the Science and Society Picture Library.
According to the site’s description of the rights statements:
Participating institutions may have various reasons for determining that “no known copyright restrictions” exist, such as:
  1. The copyright is in the public domain because it has expired;
  2. The copyright was injected into the public domain for other reasons, such as failure to adhere to required formalities or conditions;
  3. The institution owns the copyright but is not interested in exercising control; or
  4. The institution has legal rights sufficient to authorize others to use the work without restrictions.



You might also like to explore: 
The Library of Congress
WikiMedia Commons
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    georgia lichon
    September 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    your generous spirit is so appreciated…thanks for the info

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      September 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      You are very welcome… I hope you enjoy the blog and perhaps will even join along with the Baby Steps project.

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    September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    thanks for sharing. You are an example of generosity…

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    April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    thank you Lyric, always a generous, interesting, informative read.

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am


    Thanks for the pictures and all the info; it nice to find out what available out there, without your kindness I wouldn't have known.

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    April 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    wonderful! keep them coming, all these ideas are forming in my head – now to make the time to do them. thank you for this info, I had been looking in all the wrong places for copyright free images and now I have this wealth of information and images

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