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Again, picture copyright question

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by aspe_heat, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. aspe_heat

    aspe_heat Power Member

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    Basically, I am familiar with the image usage. I am allowed to use ONLY images which are allowed to be used, correct?

    Now, I don't understand one thing - why do I see TOO MANY websites which use any images? Ok, some more popular websites have a licence, and I get it. But how come that some less popular websites have been online for 2-3 years and have been using those images that long, yet they have never been penalized?

    Also, is there any way I can get a licence from Getty Images to use their photos whenever I want?

    Thanks!
     
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    It's a blurry subject because the internet is word-wide and different countries have different copyright laws.

    In the US we have the Fair Use Doctrine, which: allow copyrighted works to be used without permission for the benefit of the public

    What "benefits" the public can be stretched pretty far these days.

    Another answer to your question is that a lot of webmasters also simply don't care.

    Pinterest for example, can be considered an entire business build around image copyright invasion. But they could care less.
     
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  3. aspe_heat

    aspe_heat Power Member

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    Would writing sports articles/news be considered as benefit of the public? And what's the worst thing which could happen to me if someone find out I am using copyrighted content? Court or something less serious?

    Thanks btw. I just started reading about fair use, but I still need some more answers.
     
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    igniteimages Regular Member

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    Have a read of this http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/04/navigating-copyright-law-and-fair-use-for-photographers/

    or this for a real life example of penalties http://blog.webcopyplus.com/2011/02/14/legal-lesson-learned-copywriter-pays-4000-for-10-photo/

    Much sports photography is taken by the stock agencies such as Getty or AP. Even if it isn't then freelance photographers upload their photos to stock sites.

    You would be on very dodgy ground if you used images from stock sites. They actively look for copyright infringement - and perfectly rightly so - they invest millions in taking these photos.

    You could also go across to http://petapixel.com/ and enter 'copyright' into the search box.