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CC Search Reviews

The public beta of a new Creative Commons search tool, meant for testing and feedback. For the legacy search tool, please visit

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about CC Search and what they use it for.
  • Down with the google
    I would add Https:// Https:// Https:// Https:// - Source: Reddit / 6 days ago
  • Is it legally ok to use a photo taken by somebody else as a reference?
    When in doubt, use Creative Commons items. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Where do artists get photos of wild animals and landscapes to paint without getting in legal trouble with copyright?
    I’m pretty sure you’re free to use anything licensed under the Creative Commons for commercial purposes as it’s part of the public domain. If you search for an image here, I believe it will list what you can use an image for if you find one. Downside is it can be a little limited, depending on what you’re looking for. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • How do I know?
    I don't know the first thing about verifying the authenticity of the license of an image, but there's CC Search ( and Wikimedia Commons ( to search for cc images. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Is a photo clue of a celebrity downloaded from a Google search fair use?
    Best to assume not, especially as the concept of 'fair use' differs between countries (and often just isn't a thing at all). is a good place to find images you can use, but make sure you choose ones with a licence which fits your use case (not everything can be used if you are creating something you want to sell for profit, for example). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Can I use a photo of model from Pinterest and redraw it in my design for tshirt prints?
    If your doing something for business use maybe you can take a look at the creative commonscreative commons website. They have a lot of free images. (not as good as pinterest but still worth a look.). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Discussion: Digital collage makers! Explain to me how your work is considered collage? [digital]
    Free images online are images that have been licensed under Creative Commons (CC), which are public licenses. There are different kinds that allow someone to use the images for different reasons (ie personal use vs commercial use); a good chart of the different CC is here. (Sorry if you already know this!) So, there are CC specific websites I use (cc search, pexels), but sometimes I'll just use the license filter... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Idiot question
    Someone else will be able to find the image from preferably. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Using music videos from an artist in a blog?
    For photos of the artist, try to find CREATIVE COMMONS pics of the artist from places like Flickr or (make sure to check the box 'use commercially'). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • [Question] How to make Copyright images your own
    Https:// goes on almost endlessly on every topic and you can filter it to public domain or any other licenses that allows reuse. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Where do you find free (and copyright free) images and fonts?
    Check Creative Commons - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Had my ultrawide for a bit, still love it! Gonna add 2 more monitors above
    Not strictly wallpapers, but you can also search for Creative Commons works and adapt them. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Why I Left the DMsGuild - A post detailing the experience of publishing content on the DMsGuild
    Https:// Https:// Https:// Https:// Https:// - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Free Hi-Res public domain Artworks
    I've started using — similar as a tool but no shadiness. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Finally found a decent website for free photos and graphics
    Wikimedia Commons images and Creative Commons search are also decent choices if you like, too. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Book Cover taken from a painting/artwork
    You can use to find public domain art (make sure to read and use the filters properly!). But if you truly want to be safe, I highly recommend paying an artist instead for something unique and yours. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Free Image Resources - Free for Commercial and Personal Use. No need to credit, license, or anything.
    Https:// (its pretty well known, but always a good fallback if sites like Pexels or Unsplash don't yield the one result you are looking for). - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Free resources for visual novel?
    And the Creative Commons Search Engine will also be useful to you. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Writing?
    So try - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Looking for flea markets/ antique stores that sell vintage scientific illustrations
    You can probably find some good stuff on creative commons and then you can just print it yourself without running around everywhere. Done Dept. Is a good local place to print & they could do an ivory paper so it looks old. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Unsplash is being acquired by Getty Images
    I just use Any photo I want/need is available, and I already clearly know the license. Unsplash etc. Are good, but this is solid. - Source: Hacker News / almost 2 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of CC Search

14 Great Search Engines You Can Use Instead of Google
The way CC Search works is simple – it draws in results from platforms such as Soundcloud, Wikimedia, and Flickr and displays results labeled as Creative Commons material.

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