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Our Terms and License Conditions

Because this site contains many thousands of images for your enjoyment; and because it seems that many people have been confused by what one may and may not legally do with our work, perhaps now would be a good time to explain our terms and conditions, in order to avoid further confusion.

All of the images on this site are the property of and © Gapingvoid LLC. The work is covered by the Creative Commons license 3 which allows you to use the work for personal purposes without payment and with attribution. We urge you to go to the above link and read the terms. Please always link to the work when you use it online, whether for personal use or in commerce. Cool Beans.

Personal purposes may include the following types of activities: Your personal, non business, non business promotional blog. Your personal Facebook page, your personal Pinterest page, etc.

If you use the work in commerce, in connection with work (which may mean on a website, in a presentation, printed in business related materials, etc.), then you need to seek our permission, which you can do here… and we may require the payment of a license fee for the use of the work.

We do not consider individual printing of single images on normal office copier paper to be commercial use, even if it is posted in your place of work (Just like how cutting out  a comic strip from the newspaper and sticking it on the wall of your office cubicle wouldn’t be considered commercial use, either).

Think of our work the same way you would view work on a Getty Images website or business stock photos. The only difference is that we’re not a multinnational corporation, but a small entrepreneurial company where your business and support really matters.

In other words, we’re cool if everyone else is. We have no plans to go around suing people, but that shouldn’t keep you from doing the right thing, regardless 😉

Thanks for understanding,


Hugh and The Team

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