1. Jonathan Wold

    Content aside (which is both interesting and relevant), I just wanted to point out that I really appreciate the approach and quality of journalism here on WPTavern – this story is a great example. I finished the piece and felt informed. Keep up the great work.


  2. Mike Schinkel

    I’ll second what Jonathan Wold said. Sarah’s reporting on this story really is world-class level journalism, as is everything else I have read of her’s in the past.


  3. Carl Hancock

    Pexels is both more restrictive AND integrated directly within Jetpack yet it’s Unsplash that is getting called out? Do as I say, not as I do. WordPress gonna WordPress. Things never change.


  4. Bruce Maples

    I continue to be worried about these “free image” sites, wondering when they will decide “oops, sorry, now you have to pay for every image you’ve used” in order to have a business case that makes sense.

    As a commercial site, we can’t afford to be in violation of copyright. I actually wrote Unsplash a year or so ago, asking them if they could give me a binding statement that all their photos were licensed for use on a commercial site (as featured images, mostly). They never replied.

    Thanks for the article. Good digging.


    • Josh Pintaller

      The license in force is whatever it was at the point you downloaded the image. You can’t be asked to pay for something retrospectively.


  5. Jake Hawkes

    Unsplash has been clear with basic intent. Unsplash provides high-quality royalty-free images for use in development, design, and publishing where the person did not have access to those resources all for free and now for nearly all use.

    I have had issues when I felt like larger platforms such as Medium and WP gained my images https://unsplash.com/@jake_hawkes but I also realized I agreed to the premise which still holds true. Users like me who uploaded images early on in the CC0 license understood this, and frankly, if Unsplash went against this in any meaningful way in their terms would have to pull my images from their site, track down each use and facilitate their removal, and would likely get a cease and desist letter from my lawyer and further action if they were not able to comply based on our agreement. I would never, click ‘accept’ of anything that meaningfully changed this intent.

    I love Unsplash, and while may professional photographers and royalty media outlets may not, the fact remains if you want art directed images you need a professional art directed shoot or a large stock library. For the rest of us, there is Unsplash.

    Frankly, I have had to deal with Getty for an image of a fishing guide in an Idaho river that was published on a website. The website it was published on was the angler in the photo. So there you go, who has been the opportunist, using embedded meta, lawyers, threats, and outrageous extortion methods to ‘protect their image rights’?


  6. Eddy Donovan

    I couldn’t find any updates on Unsplash issues except here on WPTavern. Great job by Sarah and great story too.


  7. Biju

    Without my permission or any acknowledgment, When I find that others use my pictures, I’ve been stunned. I saw infringement exists on other paying websites as well.


  8. Phil

    Matt, please please double check before constantly walking into further conflicts of interest. I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone who has more of them in WP. You do great things for the community, but these conflicts of interest that keep popping up are concerning.


  9. Way North

    As pointed out, excellent journalism by WPTavern.

    On the team’s recommended list of free image sources, doesn’t Pexels use a similar license as Unsplash? Shouldn’t https://stocksnap.io/ be at the top since they have CC0 images?


  10. Rae Morey

    I 100% agree with Jonathan Wold. This is excellent reporting. Thanks for your in-depth work, Sarah! Especially since this kind of journalism takes a lot of time to put together.


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