Few subscription business owners are still operating under the impression that any picture found on Google images is fair game for the website. Despite the fact that image theft is an internet epidemic, subscription business owners and bloggers who are simply stealing images run the risk of getting caught.

There is significant legal risk, and Google has begun penalizing websites who are caught in violation of copyright act. The marketing benefits of visual benefit are clear: 60% of the population are visual learners, and professional images increase the chances that your blog content will stand out in a busy Facebook feed or RSS reader.

1. Creative Commons Search

Some photographers, graphic designers and artists may choose to allow commercial enterprises to republish their images, under certain restrictions that typically require the site to provide credit.

Creative Commons Search provides an engine that will sort through licensing descriptions on Google Images, Flickr and other major websites to only bring up images that are safe for us by your subscription business. While the current pool of options is small, it is continually expanding as more visual professionals discover creative commons licensing.

2. Free Digital Photos

A rather unknown gem, Free Digital Photos is a resource that connects artists with business owners. By simply agreeing to provide credit on your blog, users can access thousands of images of professionals, families, scenery, technology and other topics that are probably a perfect fit for your company’s content. Depending on the size you want, credits can also be purchased at a small fee.

3. Stock XChang

Owned by one of the largest image licensing companies in the world, Getty Images, Stock Xchang is one of the oldest and best-known websites providing free pictures for content creators. At the time of writing, there were nearly 400,000 options available. The licensing and credit requirements are very specific, and it’s advised to thoroughly read their guidelines before you download pictures.

4. Unprofound

Most websites offering royalty-free images for business bloggers require users to sift through an abundance of ads, and sometimes even view commercial video clips before downloading. Unprofound is unique in that it’s a completely non-profit community.

The library of options may not be as large as some other websites, but the community of contributors has a number of talented graphic designers who add to their portfolios on a regular basis. The website also has fewer use restrictions, and content creators are primarily asked to not redistribute the visual content.

5. Open Photo

Any list of royalty-free image resources would be remiss to ignore Open Photo, who have been providing options since 1998. Due to the length of time online, their collection is extensive, and easy-to-search thanks to a number of clearly-defined categories. The website also offers a healthy balance between photography and graphic design-enhanced special effects.