Public Domain Images

If you are a collage artist like me, then you know the importance of finding images that are in the public domain. This means images that have had their copyrights expired or the creator has expressly given the public the ability to use their work.

Did you know that the minute you commit an original piece to a tangible medium…it is automatically copyrighted? You do not have to put the copyright symbol on your work in order for it to be copyrighted. If you are concerned about copyright then check on the web for more details on how long particular copyrights last.

You might think this is an entry all about copyright…but really it’s to let you know about a fabulous web resource called Wikimedia Commons. This site has thousands of images that can be used free of charge. You’ll want to read the fine print, because some of the images have conditions for public use (like wanting you to credit them if you use them).

Here’s the link…go check them out! And if you have images that you have created and want to put out in the public domain…check out how to upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Wikimedia Commons