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Deadly copyright trap?

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by Dlckhead, May 14, 2014.

  1. Dlckhead

    Dlckhead Newbie

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    I was just thinking about using some scraped images in my blog(in a gallery, or a single post with a description). For some reason, I never thought about copyright issues before, but I stumbled into this Q&A:
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091015051750AApWh7Y

    I know it's a 5 year old thing, but do the things get easier?
    That Getty images seem pretty hard on anything they trawl out. I scraped images from pinterest, so it is vey possible that some of them will be protected.
    Several £1,000 cases can devastate some marketers/bloggers, especially the novice. It would hurt anyways: the bigger you get - the stronger the blow, as you're likely to face more claims.
    I see all the same images everywhere, and noone seems to care. Yet, looks like there are real cases of square copyright claims to website owners.

    What do you think? Should I worry when using scraped images in my blogs or pins or tweets or FB fanpage or whatever?
     
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  2. iamleewalker

    iamleewalker Junior Member

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    You better not overuse them and try to attribute the images to their authors whenever you can. However, these days it's much harder to track the images across the web and if you don't have millions of monthly visitors, they might not even pay attention to you.

    However, my suggestion will be to use Creative Commons images or best, produce your own. These days, even if you don't have a professional camera it's quite easy to do. And there are tons of free tools and websites to create visuals for your own usage, though it takes more time.

    This article from Buffer is really helpful to identify free image resources: blog.bufferapp.com/free-image-sources-list?utm_campaign=weekly_digest
    I especially love IM photos, Death to the stock photo and Gratisography, Picjumbo and Unsplash, though some images from their libraries are getting overused already.
     
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  3. Mark101

    Mark101 Newbie

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    I agree with former post, taking images without authorization put you on a risky position.
    "probably" nothing will happen, but are you ready to receive a request of £1000 for every image ?

    Play safe, use CC images and always post their source, in this will way you'll be safe.
     
  4. ItsOwenFTW

    ItsOwenFTW BANNED BANNED

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    I recommend using free stock photo websites or using the usage tools in Google.
     
  5. spmcnerd

    spmcnerd Regular Member

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    Thanks for the contributions people from WF. jp
    Search around here there are several options including pay.
    Lately I have been putting "compliments of yummly" only because he's not right with a TM.
     
  6. MelisaTa

    MelisaTa Registered Member

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    If I were you, I will be worried.
    Pictures from blogs, pins or facebook may be copyrighted.