1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Can I use Copyrighted Shutterstock images on my 'long term' website?

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by testyy, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. testyy

    testyy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Matt Cutts Office
    I need 1 image that I like from shutter stock that I will probably end up buying. But I'm just curious what are the chances of getting caught using a copyrighted image from google, not exactly shutterstock. Has anyone ever been reported?

    I mean look at all those torrents with copyrighted games and movies with their websites up and running and what's the chance of having 1 image?
     
  2. Charn

    Charn Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2013
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    11
    The odds of getting caught are negligible, but come on now really. It's like $5 tops to buy the rights and save your 6.
     
  3. Daniel Thomas

    Daniel Thomas Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2014
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Occupation:
    Affiliate Marketing Manager @ DigiPartners.com
    Home Page:
    I've been using a lot of images w/o copyright over the years and nothing happened so far...
     
  4. wisdomkid

    wisdomkid Elite Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Messages:
    2,716
    Likes Received:
    792
    Long term website?

    Sire, please a link as "Image Source" won't kill your blog, most times, it brings positive results.
     
  5. goosefrabah

    goosefrabah Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    75
    I think it depends on how popular your site is and what type of site you have. Honestly though, it's probably not worth the risk. I know people who ran into trouble with this, and the copyright holder was demanding quite a bit of money. There's a good chance you probably won't get caught, but if you do, you might wind up paying a lot more than you bargained for.
     
  6. rankspire

    rankspire Elite Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2014
    Messages:
    1,709
    Likes Received:
    83
    No one is going to kill you for that. But as wisdomkid rightly suggested, give credit, it won't hurt. It's good to be nice to others, whether its on the internet or in real life.