[Publish] Am I infringing copyright laws by sharing images on social media?
Images can drive up to double the engagement on your social media posts! We’ve found that images are often the hook that draws more clicks, shares, and favorites on social media. And a number of marketing studies report the same:
- Blog posts with images receive 94% more views than those without images
- Having at least one image in a post leads to more than double the shares on Facebook and Twitter
- Using an image on Twitter increases retweets by 28% and favorites by 36%
But there’s one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?
It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. Nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright—a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution, or even create your own image from scratch.
Check out this blog post, which looks at Creative Commons, public domain and provides more than 50 free images sources for you to use on your blog and social media posts!
While most of us are probably not gifted designers, that shouldn't stop us from creating great images to share! At Buffer, we created Pablo in order to provide everyone with a tool to create beautiful images they can share on social media. The tool is completely free - whether you've got a Buffer account or not!