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are royalty free photos that important?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by wwallace1, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    So do you guys really worry about buying royalty free photos? I just scrap them from g-image search for my related keyword. I've only had 1 email saying the image was copywritten and I removed it immediately.
     
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    MBW007 Junior Member

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    From my understanding, the downfall here is if the copyright holder goes directly to Google, they can DMCA your page out of the results.
     
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    joaquin112 Regular Member

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    I wouldnt do it. It's just stealing people's work and you might get in trouble sooner or later.
     
  4. DarthM

    DarthM Regular Member

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    It's better to be safe-than-sorry if it's a website you care about and are looking at going long-term. Plus it might complicate issues if you later sell the site and the new owner is accused of copyright infringement.
     
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    oppredfsaer76 Newbie

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    Helpful replies. thks
     
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    axus_auto Power Member

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    myhomestartup Regular Member

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    I did exactly what you do.
    Turned out, the image was from Getty Images.

    It was an old, unused site I still had up on the internet from 2 years prior.
    I had to pay them 600 usd or they threatened a lawsuit via phone.

    so there definitely is a risk.
    companies like getty images have robots that auto-search through infinite pages of the internet trying to find the next person to charge.

    Apologizing and taking it off wasn't good enough. They had the evidence (screen cap), so they knew they could get their money.
     
  9. prowler

    prowler Newbie

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    Well, it's better than getting sued for taking a photo you don't own or taking lots of time to take and edit your own photos.