Writers, have you seen this?

Terry L. Cooper
2 min readSep 8, 2021
Image by efes from Pixabay

I’m not going to post this behind the MPP wall as a lot of the material is from Pixabay. I’m unsure of the ratio of my words versus theirs so…

I’m putting this out there in case you hadn't noticed because frankly, I hadn’t.

The first section is quoted from their site. You can read it for yourself here if you so choose.

Simplified Pixabay License

Our license empowers creators and protects our community. We want to keep it as simple as possible. Here is an overview of what Pixabay content can and can’t be used for.

What is allowed?

✓ All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.
✓ Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by our community.
✓ You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.

What is not allowed?

This section only applies to image users and not to the appropriate image authors.

✕ Don’t redistribute or sell someone else’s Pixabay images or videos on other stock or wallpaper platforms.
✕ Don’t sell unaltered copies of an image. e.g. sell an exact copy of a stock photo as a poster, print, or on a physical product.
✕ Don’t portray identifiable people in a bad light or in a way that is offensive.
✕ Don’t use images with identifiable brands to create a misleading association with a product or service.

Pretty standard stuff. However, I saw this next to an image that I used earlier today.

Editorial use only
No attribution required

Screenshot by author

Even though images sites state that no attribution is required Medium requires so again nothing new there. It was the “Editorial use only” part that caught my eye. All of the information on Pixabay seems to run in a loop.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is it only on this one creator because they state that they are done with Pixababy? Should we even be using this creator’s work if that’s the case?

I’d love some input so drop me your thoughts in the comments.