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Links to websites with clipart/images which skinners can use for free! - Gamester17 - 2003-10-08

I'm pinning/sticking this topic-thread here permantly so that you all can share your webtite-links as to where to find royalty-free, public domain (free licenses), or non-copyrighted digital 'clip-art' and images/pictures that skinners, and graphical-artists/designers can use in their skins free of charge (libre/gratis) and without having to worry about any legal issues.

So please, go ahead and add replies with links to websites with free to use artwork, buttons, textures, backgrounds, images, pictures and gif animations, etc.). Again, please respect that all the pictures, icons,... etc. linked to from here should be free to use/modify/distribute either 'as is' with no strings attatched or under a free license.

Here are a few link examples (to some good sites):
- commons.wikimedia.org (Wikimedia Commons), (also refered to a "Wikicommons") is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. The files uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons repository can be used in all Wikipedia projects (like Wikibooks, Wikisource and Wikinews), or downloaded for offsite use, as all of the content is either in the public domain or released under free licenses such as the GNU Free Documentation License.
- openclipart.org (Open Clip Art Library).
- freshmeat.net has themes and resources sections (which contains loads of graphics for x, some are copyright free or licensed under GPL, while some others are not, check it out)
- www.bigfoto.com
- www.freefoto.com
- www.1000pictures.com

Though on a side note, most non-software companies will probebely give you their permission to use their images/pictures if they used as non-commercial promo for their products. Like for example, I'm sure that car manufacturers, comics publishers, or movie producers/directors, etc. have would be glad if you use their pictures in a skin as long as it just promotes their products in a possitive way.

PS! FOOOD of iconaholic.com (formaly foood.net) have told us that XBMC skinners may use his icons/buttons/thumbnails and wallpaper artwork, etc. from iconaholic.com as long as you credit him plus link to his site (in your skins readme.txt) when using his icons/buttons/thumbnails and wallpaper artwork, etc.

- webMASTER_P - 2004-05-14

not exactly open-source, but i am sure that most of the authors won't have a problem if you use the icons
some great ones there

- Gamester17 - 2004-05-14

(webmaster_p @ may 14 2004,14:56 Wrote:http://browse.deviantart.com/icons/?view=1&order=17&limit=24
not exactly open-source, but i am sure that most of the authors won't have a problem if you use the icons.
or maybe they do?, see bottom of their main webpage: "no portions of deviantart may be used without expressed, written permission"
though i'm sure if you or anyone who want to use copywrited pictures for a xbmc skin just write to the owner they will allow it(?) Image

- webMASTER_P - 2004-05-14

sorry, i think i saw something shiny and got distacted Image
by no means i meant that they should just be taken
what i meant to say:
but i am sure that most of the authors won't have a problem if you use the icons as long as you ask their permission and credit them
after all, why would they upload them in such a manner?

- wabidwoveren - 2004-09-02


100% free.

- Gamester17 - 2005-08-24

thought i bump this thread with some more links:

http://interfacelift.com (high-quality wallpapers, icons, themes, and professional royalty-free stock icons for developers)


- emp3r0r - 2007-08-29


There are some nice category icons that could be used in skins

For those of you who have concerns with cloning/replicating a closed source software - Gamester17 - 2008-08-01

Blackbolt Wrote:Ok guys here's the dealio with what happened to me concerning MC360.

Microsoft's European legal team contacted me via email with a 20 page pdf document that detailed every usage of their xbox 360 logo and the word 'xbox' on my website and in the skins screenshots. They asked that I immediatly take the site down till I could make the necessary changes. I acted on that immediatly and took it down. The didn't want their 'x' on anything, which is why I changed it to the 'bolt' logo. I changed all instances of 'xbox' like 'xbox live' and 'xbox 360' to 'xbmc live' and 'xbmc 360'.

Once I had done this, they approved it and allowed me to continue aswell as sending me a very nice letter of approval of what I was doing. I did not have to prove I had made all my textures myself, infact my original 'x globe' was made by myself, but because it was 'in the image' of their original x globe logo for the 360, they wouldn't allow it.

My advice to anyone making this new Xbox experience dash is to make all the textures yourself, make them different enough that they aren't mistaken for being ripped and also don't use any official logos, even if you do create them yourself.

So there you have it, the actual true story of what happened when Microsoft served notice to Team Blackbolt back in March 2006. I'd also like to point out that while I don't share Jezz_X's entire thoughts on the new dash, I don't deem it so great that I'd drop everything I'm doing to re-create it, but good luck to whoever tries it as Team Blackbolt won't be going there. Laugh

morgueFile - high resolution images - Gamester17 - 2008-08-28

Checkout the archive on morguefile.com for free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

I.1 Subject to the restrictions set forth in Article 2, morgueFile hereby grants to Subscriber a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable, worldwide license to download any photos or other materials ("Photos") made available to Subscriber via the Service solely for its ordinary personal and/or commercial purposes.

2.1 Subscriber may not: (a) sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute any Photo on a standalone basis, (b) use any Photo in any manner which may be considered offensive, indecent or objectionable, or to defame, libel or discriminate, © download all or a substantial portion of the morgueFile database containing the Photos without morgueFile's prior written consent, or (d) compete against morgueFile either directly or indirectly using the Photos.

2.2 Subscriber acknowledges that a breach of its obligations under this Agreement will result in irreparable and continuing damage for which monetary damages may not be sufficient, and agrees that morgueFile will be entitled to seek, in addition to its other rights and remedies hereunder or at law, injunctive and/or other equitable relief, and such further relief as may be proper from a court of competent jurisdiction. All remedies of morgueFile set forth in this Agreement are cumulative and in addition to and not in lieu of any other remedy of morgueFile at law or in equity.

2.3 Subscriber agrees to use the Photos only as expressly permitted by this Agreement and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Except as expressly set forth herein, Subscriber shall have no other rights or license of any kind with respect to the Photos.

3.1 There are no fees under this Agreement.


- Jeroen - 2008-09-06

Great source for logos: http://www.brandsoftheworld.com
All vector images so perfect image quality.

As far as using it for skinning for example you can get CD DVD, HD logos, etc.

There are even logos of tvshows and tv networks which you can use when making banners or posters for thetvdb.com.

Links to websites with clipart/images which skinners can use for free! - KellyAsbey - 2008-11-27


As far as using it for skinning for example you can get CD DVD, HD logos, etc.

There are even logos of tvshows and tv networks which you can use when making banners or posters for thetvdb.com.Eek

Icon sets - ZombieRobot - 2010-11-12

just wanted to share didn't post this in clipart sticky because know one has for two years so didn't think anyone would benefit from it all icons are royalty free on this site and free for commercial use.
good for media buttonsand there is some png,s for weather in there also just thought i would share don't know if anyone will need this but was i thought worth a mention.
Click Here For Icons

(new style of media buttons for showmix)