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Finding Public Domain Images on Wikipedia and Flickr

I’ve been finding a lot of terrific Public Domain images lately on Not all images there are in the Public Domain…some are licensed CC or GNU…but quite a few images have been release into the Public Domain by the copyright holder. As a matter of fact, Wikipedia has become my “go-to” place when I need images for my blog posts. I talk about this in much more detail in Limitless Blog Content.

 I was experimenting with search terms on Google to see how easy (or hard) it would be to gain quick access to the Wikipedia Public Domain images through Google. Here was one keyword string I used to gain some interesting results. You should try it:

 “hereby release it into the public domain” wikipedia

 All the images on my “Does Your Dog Do This” blog are from Wikipedia and nearly all of them are from the Public Domain.

Another fun trick for “scaring” up Public Domain images is to go to and do a search for “Public Domain.” Last I checked it produced over 19,000 results. Here is another cool Flickr trick: Go to Flickr’s Advanced Search ( and scroll down to the bottom. You’ll see a couple check boxes for Creative Commons. Check both “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed photos” and (this is the key!) “Find content to use commercially”. Then scroll back up to the top and type in whatever keyword you’re searching for. Every result returned can be used commercially (that means to make money from). Very cool. Oh, and BTW…expect a LOT of results!