I’ve just run across one of those cases of “Is this copyright protected or not”? That little tiny bit of wording at the bottom of a website that says everything on this website is copyright protected will stop most Public Domain content researchers dead in their tracks. But… is everything “really” protected under the copyright laws???
First… let’s review the website I found last night. Christian Digital Images – Historical Illustrations & Religious Stock Imagery & Clipart – www.christiandigitalimages.com
BTW – this site uses a piece of software called Lightbox Photo Gallery to manage all these great images. Not cheap, but if you are going to sell public domain images at the level these guys are… something to think about.
Logan and I agree that this site is making money under the radar. They have mastered the art of finding a niche and filling it. The images are gorgeous and religious art is used in many different industries. I am purchasing some of this artwork to use for one of my businesses.
Because all of the images posted on the website are watermarked, I must purchase the down-loadable image to get a high resolution non-watermarked image.
But… It says right in the footer that the content has all rights reserved and if you read the EULA statement it says that all content remain the property of Christian Digital Images. Plus… They are a Canadian company… so their laws are different than those of U.S. companies. Pretty pictures on this site… but can they be used by us Public Domain Treasure Hunters???
You bet… the EULA agreement covers everything that they have written and their own branding graphics within copyright. Also… you can’t just purchase 100 images, throw them up on a website and sell them as a package. (This could be disputed, but it’s in their terms of service, so why bother rocking the boat)?
What you can do with images from this website…
- Print them as posters
- Use the images for a store front through CafePress.com
- Use the images for websites
- The images can be used in books, digital or hard copy.
Make your own products using the images (I wont even go into the hundreds of ideas you could use these gorgeous images for)!!
One of their terms of website use is pretty funny. They don’t want anyone linking to them or using some of their information to “advertise” their website. Yes… I was surprised as well. Who doesn’t want free advertising? Well, they are out of luck, I linked to them anyway. 🙂
I just can’t tell you how excited I am with this website filled with hidden “treasure”. You really do need to spend a bit of time flipping through the pictures. I’ll bet you come up with several ideas where you can use these images that don’t have a thing to do with religion in a direct manner. And… don’t worry, after you pay for an image, it’s yours. The “is this copyright protected” question has been answered!