MorgueFile and Other Free Photo Sites

On the heels of the post by author, Roni Loren entitled: Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story, bloggers around the world have been stripping their posts of images for fear of copyright infringement.

I’ve done the same.

I enjoy blogging, but probably like many of you, don’t enjoy reading huge blocks of text without pictures to break them up. Though technology makes it easy to copy, modify and share images, it doesn’t make it legal. Getting caught can be a costly affair as Roni attests to in her post.

So … what are the options if you want images for your posts?
1 – Continue with the status quo and hope you don’t get caught
2 – Buy images
3 – Use images from sites that offer free pictures

I contacted my editor, Annetta Ribken, who provided some solid information about – a site she’s been using for years.

The name comes from the term “morgue file,” which refers to post-production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. The term is popular in the newspaper business but is also used by illustrators, comic book artists, and designers.

The site allows you to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work. Attribution is not required.

Some other sites that offer free images are:

How have you been dealing with the copyright issues, and do you have a special place to get your pictures?



15 responses to “MorgueFile and Other Free Photo Sites

  1. Two links did not take in the post.

    The link for Roni’s original post is

    The site for morgue file is


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  3. Thanks for bringing this to our attention Eden.

  4. I take my own for the most part. I even take some for other sites(like BIWP lol). The only time I use other photos on my blog are if they are from sites like the ones that you mentioned.

  5. I find all the photos I use (other than hubby’s) searching here: You can easily find photos available to use under the different cc licenses, most usually with only attribution.

  6. Thanks for reminding me about That’s a great site! I’ll have to check out the others too!

  7. Thanks for the links. I’ll have to make more use of them in the future…

  8. I’m so far behind I might be lost, but this is a great information post, dear Eden! Thank you.

    I shall delve into the morgue more often…

  9. Going to check it out. I cover myself by attribution. No one’s come after me, but it looks like I’ll be changing my habits.

    I’m actually getting back into photography, used to go as far as developing my own stock. The digital age as overwhelmed me with technology, but I’m learning it now via my iPhone. I added a digital camera to my wish list this year, but Santa didn’t come through. Maybe in time for my birthday. Who knows?

    Thanks for the information, good stuff!

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