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Frequently Asked Questions


Okay maybe these questions aren’t frequently asked but hey, they should help some people! If you’re still stuck please get in touch via the contact page.

Downloader Questions

Is everything really free?
Yes sir.

What’s the catch?
There isn’t one. Lots of people waive rights to photographs for various reasons, read about the CC0 public domain license to understand it.

Do I have to join to download the pictures I like?
Nope.

Do I have to link to you for helping me find the photo?
No, not at all.

Are the on-site tools to select a custom dimension or edit an image available for every file?
For all photos yes, but not for graphics.

Can I edit them on any device?
Yes as long as it is connected to the internet, and has a web browser.

Where can I use these images?
Many many places! Here are just a few ideas.

  • In forum threads
  • Journalism
  • PC or laptop wallpapers
  • Blog post content
  • iPad or other tablet wallpapers
  • Social media updates
  • Twitter background or header
  • Facebook cover photo
  • To print off and use at home
  • Canvases
  • Inspiration for drawing
  • Creating products on sites like cafepress
  • Put them on invites for parties, weddings etc

You failed at helping me, who do I message?
Contact me now, I don’t want anyone getting stuck!

Uploader Questions

Can I contribute my own photos?
Absolutely. Please drop in an email.

Do I have to be a professional?
No. We do welcome professionals, but also talented hobbyists, and those of you who just like to capture high-quality snaps on your smartphone.

How long does it take to review my uploads?
There is no set time, they are reviewed as quickly as possible.

What are the rules for uploads?
You must have taken the photo yourself and it must have the CC0 license. Please give filenames a descriptive name E.G. ‘Lovely-large-black-horse-galloping.jpg’.

Can I make any money from this?
No, sorry there is no money available to pay you. But each upload is allowed has a link which can have your name and a link to your website if you wish.

Other Questions

How do I submit a DMCA notice?
We take issues of copyright infringement very seriously. If you believe someone has uploaded your work claiming it as their own we would like to know. If you feel an image actually belongs to yourself and has a protected license, but somebody else has uploaded it as there own you are welcome to submit a notice and we will act on it. We will investigate (we would need proof from your side of copyright ownership first) to determine who owns the image, and of course, will remove any files where users have uploaded as there own without that being the case. The reverse image search engines are used sparingly to try and minimize such situations, but when it does arise we take it seriously, copyright infringement is a challenge the web needs to face up to and Lensicle wants to be part of it.