Pixabay – Positives and Negatives
I will start this post by telling you a little bit about Pixabay for those who have not come across it before.
Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
What my content can and can’t be used for.
What is allowed?
- All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.
- Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by our community.
- You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.
What is not allowed?
This section only applies to image users and not to the appropriate image authors.
- Don’t redistribute or sell someone else’s images or videos on other stock or wallpaper platforms.
- Don’t sell unaltered copies of an image. e.g. sell an exact copy of a stock photo as a poster, print or on a physical product.
- Don’t portray identifiable people in a bad light or in a way that is offensive.
- Don’t use images with identifiable brands to create a misleading association with a product or service.
Now you know a little more about what the site is all about, let’s go over some of the positives and negatives of adding your photography to the platform, in my eyes, the positives far outweigh the negatives believe me.
One of the hard parts at first and I guess this feeling has never left me is that you are letting your images go for all the world to use almost as and where they want, form commercial websites to Facebook. An image posted to Pixabay will end up all over the internet. Now, you are still the copyright owner but you are giving everyone the rights to use your work in any manner listed above. If you can get over that then Pixabay is definitely for you.
On the plus side, Pixabay gets an enormous amount of use and has a huge reach. Here is an example of how many times one of my more popular images has been viewed and downloaded…
This image is all over the net and on some rather high profile websites, posters and social media pages.
Went I first started showing my images on Pixabay I was shocked how many coffee’s (donations) were coming into my email inbox and Paypal account. I did not share my images to make money, I sent them there for all to use free but I was shocked how honest some individuals and even companies are, they have no need at all to donate but they still do out of respect and thanks for the image I/you have provided them with, fantastic!
Credit is not needed but given to Tilgnerpictures on Pixabay for the above image!
I am talking about me again, but, last year I did my first 3 days photography commission. The commission came after Grand Central Railways here in the UK noticed my work on Pixabay and got in touch with me asking if I would do paid work for them, I jumped at the chance which would not have happened had my work not had the exposure of Pixabay.
I could go on and have more examples but for now the question for you is; To Pixabay or not to Pixabay, that is the question?! While you have a think about that here is my page https://pixabay.com/users/timhill-5727184/ to have a nosey at.