License FAQ

Q: What is this CC0 free license used by Piles of Pics?

A: Under the CC0 free license. This all-inclusive license, also called CC-Zero, is a Public Domain license, defined by Creative Commons as follows:

“CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”

In other words, all our photos are not only free of charge, they are also license free. You can use them in anyway you want, change them – you can even sell them! You do not even have to mention Piles of Pics as the original maker of the image. Although it would be appreciated if you did 😉

CC0 free license

You can find more information plus the formal legal text on the official Creative Commons website. But in short, this is what it boils down to:

  • All pictures on this website are free to use. For all personal AND commercial use.
  • You are allowed to change any image to your need and liking. No restrictions.
  • You do not have to credit us or the creator for it. You do not have to mention us or to link to our site.

Q: Can I change the pictures I download from Piles of Pics?

A: By all means! Feel free to do so! We’re interested to see the resulting image. And if you allow it, we are happy to publish them on this site too.

Q: Do I have to mention Piles of Pics as the creator or the original owner of the images I download from  here?

A: Thanks to the CC0 free license you do not have to mention Piles of Pics as the original maker of the picture. Of course, it would be appreciated if you did.

Q: Are there other types of licenses I should consider?

A: Yes. Creative Commons has defined a number of licenses to cover the different needs of scientists and artists such as photographer. If you decide to use images not found on this photosite, then you should be careful to comply with the appropriate license. You can read all about it in this concise and very clear article the CC organization wrote for you.

Q: What is PilesOfPics anyway?

Good question! You will find the answer on our About page.