I am thinking about starting a new free clipart site. I know the net nees one of these like it needs a hole in the head. But I plan on making one that is pop up and gateway free. what I need is 500-1000 UNIQUE images to use on the site. Does anyone know where I can get images like these? Or any companies that sell bulk images for any kind of use, including free redistribution? What I am basically looking for is the rights to at least 500 images.
Well.. First of all: if you buy/get the clipart images from a company/person, then the cliparts will no longer be UNIQUE as long they have already been distributed to others (you, for example).
Second: 500 images sounds like a small amount of content to me, at least if you want to be popular or something.
However, if you are interested, you can get clipart CD-ROMs from other companies that already have websites like yours. I don't have any exact URL in mind right now, but you could google for it. (You should be aware of any copyright for the stuff you are buying before publishing on the future website, too)
I got your point, but in order to be the sole buyer you should really "hire" someone to create the clipart for you and I guess the creating 500 images will not be a cheap task, taking in cosideration the fact that you will distribute them freely. Did you try the Trading Post section?