Pixaby Has Not Changed Their TOS

Pixaby Has Not Changed Their TOS

There’s a rumor spreading that Pixabay.com, one of the largest providers of copyright-free stock has pulled a bait and switch.


I repeat:

Pixaby Has Not Changed Their TOS

I’ve just been on Pixabay and read the current TOS. There’s no notice of change of service there:
“You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission and without paying attribution. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.”
“Depicted content” means what’s shown in the picture. It’s a problem for stuff like if there’s a photo of a Coke can or a cartoon character, but that’s always been in the terms. The issue is probably that photos of toys featuring trademarked characters like Kermit the Frog or Coke/Pepsi end up getting uploaded there sometimes. Don’t use those, and be cautious about images with recognizable faces.
“Since Pixabay does not require a written Model Release for each Image or Video that shows identifiable people, We cannot guarantee that You will be able to use the Content for any purpose You like.”
I think it’s bad monitoring on the Admin of Pixabay’s part, but Pixabay is not trying to deceive anyone with a sudden change of service.
I’ve been a stock artist for 12 years. General rule of thumb is avoid any recognizably trademarked product and don’t photograph faces without a model release. Be careful of those two things on Pixabay and you should be fine.live-865238