"Developing" a Better Photo Image
There are ways to obtain stock photography without breaking the bank and laws of copyright. Stock photos used to cost quite a bit in usage fees, but the latest trend is to secure stock photos via a CD-ROM collection in which the user pays a one-time fee just for the CD-ROM and avoids any royalty charges.
Be careful about using photos unlawfully. It is worth paying for rights-protected photos because the owners closely monitor the use of these photos for their own protection.
In addition, a real misnomer existing over the Web is that any image already published electronically is public domain. This simply isn't true. All photos are copyright-protected, and users should check with the original source for rights and any fees.