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Need An Image For Your Website? SOME DO’S AND DON’TS

Some online images are free to use and some are not.  Look at the Google Image below.

Be Careful Using Google Images

When you Google search an image, it is showing you images from other websites.  Some of these images are copyrighted, and cannot be used without consent.  Holy “Happy Birthday” song!   Here is an example:

Google search results of StraburgUMC church

This is a protected image and cannot be used without permission.

This is a protected image and cannot be used without permission

LOOK for a public domain or a CC0 license.

The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.

CC0 license- allows the owner of the image to released their work without any issue

Multiple choice – many websites offer consumers a choice of free or purchased images.  Here is one called Creation Swap.

Creation SwapCreation Swap

I like this site for a quick and easy download of suitable images for worship service and church websites.



500px has an endless source of images that you can either use for free or buy for a small price

Freely Photo

Freely Photo

All of Freely photos are published under the ‘CC0 license’ . and many photographer glad give them photo for people to use for blogs or website.




Pexels is an  another wonderful image search website for you to use


I  now offer photography services so that you can have your own photos with no fear of copyright infringement and to give your website a more personal feel


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