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Public domain images were either created for the public OR their copyright has ended. Public domain can be used in commercial projects without fees. They can even be sold by you.

New York Public Library (Public Domain collection)
Public Domain Image
(Loaded with ad links but also loaded with free images.)
"All pictures on this site are explicitly placed in the public domain, free for commercial or private use."
"Many Flickr users have chosen to protect their work with a Creative Commons license--including "public domain."
Creative Commons
A nonprofit who offers image searches based on creative commons license types including "public domain."
Library of Congress
"As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and generally does not grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently of the Library."
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
"Most NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and CANNOT be copyrighted. Although at present, no fee is charged for using the photos credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce unless otherwise instructed to give credit to the photographer or other source."
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
"Most of the images on our Web pages are in the "public domain" (which means they have no copyright restrictions). If an image on our Web site is not restricted and does not say it is copyrighted, then you can assume it is in the public domain. You may download and use those copyright-free images in your print and electronic publications. There's no fee to pay (i.e., they're free), and no need to get permission from the Service for reusing them. As indicated in our Copyright Statement, permission is not needed to link to the Service's Web pages either."
Search engine for NOAA photo archive and US Fish and Wildlife Services photo archive.
US DOA - Agricultural Research Service
(no copyright information found on this site. 09-27-07)
PD Images
"All of the images on the "Free Images" page are copyright-free and in the public domain in the United States. The author of these pages makes no copyright claim to his reproduction or enhancements to these images. However, some images are affected by "underlying rights" that may influence how you can legally use them. It is your responsibility to use these free images lawfully."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Most of the images in the collection are in the public domain and are thus free of any copyright restrictions. If you look directly beneath the image you will see a fair use statement that tells you if the image is public domain or copyright protected. Permission is not required for public domain images, but we do ask that you credit the original institution and contributor, when known, whenever the image is used in any publicly distributed media. If the image is copyright protected, you will have to contact the content provider to obtain usage permission."
Images of American Political History
"The intent of this collection is to support the teaching of American political history by providing quick access to uncopyrighted images for inclusion in teaching materials. All images are strongly believed to be in the public domain. They were obtained from non-copyrighted U.S. government holdings and publications and from published works with clearly expired copyrights. Thus there are absolutely no restrictions on their use."

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