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GID 109: Introduction to Web Design

Copyright-Friendly and Copyright Free Images

Images on U.S. government websites are GENERALLY copyright free. Using Google Image Search, type your search term and then, which will limit your results to government websites.

EXAMPLE: Old Faithful

There are some exceptions to this permission. See the How Copyright Applies to U.S. Government Works link below.

Additional sources of copyright friendly images:


Q: How do I cite an image that I want to use in a publication, presentation, or website?

A: Attribution differs from a full citation. When attributing a work, you will simply give credit to the copyright holder.

  • Most U.S. Government images are within the public domain, and can be used without attribution.
  • Many works available for sharing will have a Creative Commons license. The Creative Commons link with the image will provide citation details.

What is Copyright?

Web Style Guide

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