For your work at the IMF, do not assume images, maps, charts, music, video, and other freely available online content are ok for you to use.
Most of the content found on the internet is copyright-protected and using without permission may be costly.
For all your images, video or music needs in your IMF work:
The more visibility your work has, the riskier any misuse, so for any public-facing use, do not use any of the web searches or web content. Work with creative@IMF.org and/or copyright@IMF.org well in advance of your project deadline.
For internal use, favor the Safe resources mentioned above. Keep in mind that work initially done for internal use might one day end up on a public-facing site, so due diligence is required for all types of works.
In any case, do not use images labelled "All Rights Reserved" if you are not properly licensed for it. For any content marked "All Rights Reserved", you need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner for your use. Or look for another option.
The tips below on using internet images should be used WITH CAUTION. We do not recommend these search options, but if you are going to use them, make sure you opt for the Creative Commons licenses setting and attribute the source.
Free images found on Google or other search engine are not always free for your use.
Make sure you only search from images with a Creative Commons license and even then, only use for internal work. See below how to select the proper settings. Note the multiple steps.
Use Tools to bring the Usage Rights selection and then select Creative Commons licenses.
It is safe to use Stock Images from a Microsoft Office product, as indicated here.
However, if you are using Online Pictures, make sure your search focuses on Creative Commons only (see below). Even then, only use for internal work.
Select the license that works for your use. Selecting Creative Commons should work for most uses if you do not modify the image. Be sure to credit the source. As with the other general web searches, do not use for high visibility public-facing IMF works.
IMF Flickr account is fine to use though, as the images on IMF Flickr belong to the IMF.