I’m sure you’ve heard the story about the guy who did a Google Image search, found an image he liked and posted it to his website, and then got a call months later that he had violated that image’s copyright and now owes hundreds of dollars. It’s not an urban legend. It really happens.
However, if you (like me!) are determined not to fall victim to accidental copyright infringement, here are some quick and easy ways to find images that won’t get you in trouble and that won’t cost you a pretty penny. I compiled this list as one of my first duties with the NCAOC. Being a government agency, we don’t have the luxury of a paid stock photography service, so we have to be resourceful!