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Tip 14: Why you shouldn't use Unsplash photos (or any free image service)

I know you like your sleep. This tip is loaded with advice to ensure you still look amazing for years to come.

Graeme Tidd
Graeme Tidd
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Not that deep down, you know that getting something for free doesn't come without consequences.

My paranoia got me reading the Unsplash licence 😏


"Please keep in mind our photos are provided on an “as is” basis, so any liability for continued use of a removed photo remains with you."

A photo has been removed — can I still use it?

I barely have time to brush my teeth, let alone monitor Unsplash.

Here's another good one:

"If you download photos with [B. People’s images if they are recognizable in the Photos], you may need the permission of the brand owner of the brand or work of authorship or individual depending on how you use the Photo. Please see our FAQs for more information and, if you still aren’t sure, you should probably talk to a lawyer who knows about these things."

Terms & Conditions | Unsplash
Unsplash is a photo discovery platform for free to use, high-definition photos. These are our terms of use.

Probably talk to a lawyer who knows about these things?



Yeah, all of those recognisable faces on Unsplash.

I then found this article covering a story about Simon Palmer, a photographer who was threatened with legal action for using an image that was uploaded illegally. I don't know what happened, but I strongly assume he lost some sleep.

I like my sleep.

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