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Can I use images from the Public Domain commercialy?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Vox0ut, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. Vox0ut

    Vox0ut Registered Member

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    Hello,

    can I use images from the Public Domain commercialy, for example on my website or in a youtube video?

    thanks :)
     
  2. FireSkull

    FireSkull BANNED BANNED

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    People can make a © claim if its there own material better using shutter stock for royalty free images.
     
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    Vox0ut Registered Member

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    If the image is already on wikipedia and they say its in the public domain is it than save to use?
     
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    theothertwin Newbie

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    I'm pretty sure as long as it is stated by a good source that it is public domain, legally you should have no problems. As to people making a copyright claim, the definition of public domain means those rights are either not applicable, have expired or been forfeited, so I cannot see how they could.
     
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    FireSkull BANNED BANNED

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    Well sometimes people upload © stuff to the public domain??
     
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    theothertwin Newbie

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    If it's on wiki, and they have stated it's public domain (something like Public domain Mark 1.0) then that will be safe as it's mostly old works or as mentioned, those that copyright does not have any legal sway. The other form is creative commons, which covers works that have been legally released by the owner into the public domain (with/without restrictions)
     
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    bullseye123 Regular Member

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    If your asking a question but still proof that your not worried by the answer, why then ask the question in the first place ?
    If something has copyright then it has copyright, if they don't find out that your using it then your probably never gonna hear anything about it again, but if someone finds out you will have to take it down.
    So the answer is simple, risk having it taken down then use it, don't want to risk it then don't use it.
     
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    But that's the other point I added - all truly 'unique' products of work, once down on a format that is physical or electronic (as opposed to an idea in someone's head) implicitly has a copyright. The only way that you are safe to use such material, is if they have specifically released their legal rights over said material, e.g by creative commons licensing.

    This is different to intellectual property rights moving into the Public Domain by expiration or being inapplicable etc.