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Do I need a licence to use images on my website?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by aspe_heat, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. aspe_heat

    aspe_heat Power Member

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    Hey guys!

    I use many images (at least 1 per article) on my website. Most of them are done by Getty Images and I always write in the caption something like "Photo Courtesy of Getty Images" or something like that. However...am I allowed to do it? Is it considered stealing? Could I get sued?

    I was trying to find the answer on Google but people write too much, there are too many redundant information and they don't precisely answer my question. So I'm wondering if someone of you knows it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Techxan

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    If you are using Getty images you will get contacted by them as soon as they find out. They are very aggressive about this. They will bill you for their standard rates for that image in the use you use (non-exclusive worldwide distribution), and you will have to pay, or they will sue and win.

    This does not apply to any images in the getty open content section. These images are free and you can browse them here:

     
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    As the above poster states you've chosen the wrong company to take photos from.

    The images aren't courtesy of Getty Images - you've breached copyright.

    There are plenty of details on the web about copyright of images.

    Stay away from using any images from stock sites.

    If you don't wish to buy a licence to use images then look for those with a Commercial Creative Commons Licence - they are easily found on Flickr
     
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    aspe_heat Power Member

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    Thanks guys! So what's the best website I could get photos from? I need basketball photos.
     
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    SEOWhat Regular Member

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    the best website I use for photos is http://www.sxc.hu/ hopefully you will find it helpful
     
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    as far as i know, i wont care abt it :)

    second if u use "Photo Courtesy of Getty Images" then i think there wont be any problem as ur giving credit back...
     
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    Yeah got a call from a client a few days ago. She uploaded a getty image to her site. They sent her a "settlement offer" of $875, and said pay it; or we'll sue. And that's for one $10 image.

    Personally I use GraphicRiver and PhotoDune which are in the ThemeForest/Envato network. They cost $1 each for the small size which is perfect for a website or blog post. Definitely a lot easier to deal with.
     
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    Complete and utter rubbish. Don't comment on threads when you know absolutely nothing about the subject. Getty's entire business model is about the commercial licencing of images and as the above poster has stated they get very aggressive about breaches of copyright.
     
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    Like the above stated, don't comment about this since you know nothing about it.
    @OP, as others have stated, Getty will bust your balls over their images. I have a friend who this happened to for one little fucking picture. G00gle any of this and you can find horror stories.

    Getty is a fucking whore company. I'd like to know how, for example, something happens like maybe the mall shooting in Nairobi and within minutes the story is on television with pics saying "Getty Images".
    I guess people just sell every fucking picture they take to that whore company.
     
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  11. contentoholic

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    Using stock images is fine as long as they don't find out.
    The chances of finding out about your Image license becomes more when the website grows in popularity.
    I have been using free to share images (under creative commons license) only and I always give the credit to the photographer on my posts.
     
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    So I guess I should remove all the images from my website and replace them with ones which have CC licence?
     
  13. HelloInsomnia

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    Yes. Images are cheap if you have to purchase them or just use Flickr like I mentioned above. Don't be fooled by people who say that it's alright, I am sure Getty has a staff of people who do nothing but look for infringers to sue.
     
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    I get your problem. There are many ways to find images and not get your ass busted.

    These are what I use.

    Flicker (CC)

    Google Image Search
    For this, simply go to Google Image Search and type something there, then go to advanced (I think, not sure) and go filter by license, there you have for commercial use that can't be edited and those that can
    (TIP: Find images on google that can be edited and make a watermark with your website URL and upload it to flicker, instagram, tumblr, twitter or so and it will get you some more traffic)

    Anyway, here are some other resources where you can find images

    Code:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-free-websites-public-domain-images-free-stock-photos/
    http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
    http://pixabay.com/
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000845.htm
    http://www.public-domain-image.com/
    
    Also, some of these sites that offer such free images have a donate option, if you make money, especially a lot make sure to donate a few dollars to the guys that took the photos and to charity.
     
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    technetium Registered Member

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    Almost anything except Getty images. If you want, use some of the sites in the above posts with attribution and you'll be safe.

    Some types of images are hard to find on the usual sites, in which case I do an image search in Bing. You can open google image search in another tab of the same browser and drag images into the search box to see where else on the web that same image is being used.

    If you see an image is being used on dozens or hundreds of other sites, chances are that nobody is hunting people down for copyright or anything like that. Then cite one of those other sites as the image source.
     
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    Good advice!
     
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    Use firefox and the tin eye plugin. When you find an image you want, use tin eye to see how many times that image has been used on the web. If it has been used thousands of times, you are not likely to get hit.
     
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    Does anyone have any better idea on how to bulk replace images or something? My website has over 800 articles and ~2000 images...
     
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    cape verde island Registered Member

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    replacing could be time consuming if done manually. But I don't think that you can do it any other way.

    However, I think that you could just block any access to images in certain folder with .htaccess file. This could be the quickest way to stop showing images on your site. But of course this will only work if you host images by yourself.
     
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    I just search google and download my picks, that not against the law right?