Wikipedia:Public domain image resources
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Public domain image resources is a copy of the master Wikipedia page at Meta, which lists a number of sources of public domain images on the Web.
Public Domain images should be marked with the Public Domain Mark 1.0. Public Domain Mark enables works that are no longer restricted by copyright to be marked as such in a standard and simple way, making them easily discoverable and available to others. The Public Domain Mark is recommended for works that are free of known copyright around the world. These will typically be very old works.[1] For a creator to release his/her works into the public domain legally they must use the creative commons CC0 license which gives creators a way to waive all their copyright and related rights in their works to the fullest extent allowed by law.[2] The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images before you submit them to Wikipedia.
Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy.
See also:
You can use CCSearch to search for freely licensed images across many of the image sources listed here.
It can also help with finding freely licensed animations, audio and videos.
General collections
Public Domain resources should have either the Public Domain Mark 1.0 or the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication mark visible. Non-Public Domain resources should not be added to this list. Listing is ordered alphabetically.
US government resources
If any page or image seems missing, replace http://www.sru.edu/depts/cisba/compsci/dailey in its URI with http://srufaculty.sru.edu/david.dailey/
Subject-based collections
Ordered by subject, alphabetically:
Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the artwork's copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.
The Crittenden Automotive Library. Not all are PD! The image detail page will state the status, PD images will be marked "Public domain" or by year of publication if before 1922.
Clip art
Clip art, in the graphic arts, refers to pre-made images used to illustrate any medium. Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography.
Specific periods
Logos and flags
PlayaDelCarmenMexico.org Public domain photos of Playa del Carmen.
New Zealand
Free New Zealand Photos Free photos of New Zealand under Creative Common license.
Postage stamps
United States
Search engines
  1. ^ "About the Public Domain Mark — "No Known Copyright" – Creative Commons". Creative Commons.
  2. ^ "About CC0 — "No Rights Reserved" – Creative Commons". Creative Commons.
  3. ^ Jonathan Shieber. "Pond5 Issues 80,000 Free Media Assets With The Launch Of Its Public Domain Project". TechCrunch. AOL.
  4. ^ "Open Content Program (The Getty)". Retrieved 2013-11-14.
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