Pixabay License Change – No Longer a CC0 License

Around the beginning of January 2019 Pixabay changed the type of license they use to make their content available.

Before the change Pixabay used the Creative Commons license “CC0” which dedicates works to the public domain.

The CC0 license does this by enabling owners of copyright or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works, thereby allowing anyone to build upon, enhance and reuse said works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

Read the official CC0 license here:
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/legalcode

Screen shot of Pixabay's image license legal text, before and after the change.
Screen shot of Pixabay’s image license legal text, before and after the change.
Screen shot of a Pixabay page for a photo with the license type, before and after the change.
Screen shot of a Pixabay page for a photo with the license type, before and after the change.

Pixabay have now created their own license called the “Pixabay License”. Although this new license has similarities to the CC0 license, it has added restrictions to how you may use Pixabay content, which was not present before with the CC0 license.

The new restrictions are linked to how you may use Pixabay’s content, and in our opinion has created a grey area with usage. So make sure you read up on this new license, before using Pixabay content for your project.

Read the official Pixabay License here:
https://pixabay.com/service/terms/#license

For those who do not know what Pixabay is: Pixabay is a free image and video stock website, which allows you to use the content uploaded by its community, without obtaining permission or giving credit to the artist (even for commercial purposes).