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Free Stock Photos and 4 Ways to Avoid Image DMCA

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by bold rapunzel, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. bold rapunzel

    bold rapunzel Newbie

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    Hello everyone,
    I've been here mostly reading and inhaling BHW's knowledge and its time to give back on some stuff I know.

    What I am about to post is only referred to images, how to get free stock photos and how to avoid at most not to get hit by DMCA fines. Of course it can happen, but the more you protect yourself agains it, the safer you are.
    Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with any of the websites nor images in the guide, I just picked them because my username is bold rapunzel, if I get requested by the mods to remove them I will do it easily.
    And with that said, here we go:

    How to get Free Stock Photos

    This is not new stuff, there are many methods on how to do that, but I will also explain my method.
    There are many sites with free stock photos online, and if you find a good picture here, perfect, jump this section.

    If you just don't find what you are looking for, go to shutterstock or type on google images:
    "keyword" site:shutterstock (dot) com

    Chrome
    This is the easy part, just right click the image and select "search image on Google"
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    Firefox
    In the image above, you will not have the "search image on google", so click on the option "copy image location" or "copy image link"
    Then, open a tab with google images, and press the photograph button on the right of the form

    Then, paste the link in the form:

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    Now Google will search for that photo, and you will have to look for a website that is not a stock image website. That means that someone that bought that image, posted it online and you can now download from their site.
    Have attention on the resolution you want. It is shown in Google.

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    Just click the image, right click the original pic and hit "save image as..."
    Okay, now that you have the picture that you want, we are ready for step 2 (The real deal on this thread)

    How to avoid Image DMCA

    1 - EXIF DATA

    This is known for most of image companies, but most people don't know it.

    Each image has many information that are not visible to most people.

    Those informations are called EXIF data, and they contain a lot of stuff, like the copyright, type of camera the photo was shot, resolution and much more.

    You want to check that right?

    There's a tool called exiftool, which is very nice, google it and install it.
    Move the downloaded photo to the exiftool folder, then, copy the executable and rename the copied one to exiftool.exe. You should have something like this in the exiftool folder:

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    Then, you will want to move it to the C:\ Folder, or anywhere you can find it easily.

    Then, hit the windows button, or click the start button and type "cmd", then click Enter.

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    A command prompt will open. Don't be afraid of it, we will only do easy stuff.

    Then you should type
    cd C:\
    and then
    cd exiftool
    (You can just press exif and press TAB button and it will auto complete with the correct name)

    Then you will want to type:
    exiftool (and drag the image to the command prompt)
    Enter
    This will show up
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    You can see that there is a lot of info in this picture that we didn't know. Despite not having a Copyright, it has a lot of SEO Stuff in here, like compressed keywords, description and more.

    You will want to remove all of that, and add a copyright to get your ass safe, for that you have to type:
    exiftool -all= *.jpg
    exiftool -all= *.png
    exiftool -all= *.jpeg
    That will remove every bit of information on all photos that are inside that folder. Then just type:
    exiftool -overwrite_original -P -all= -copyright="YOUR NAME HERE" *.jpg *.jpeg *.png
    Now, to see what changed with your commands, type "exiftool (photoname)" and this will show up.

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    Quite different right? And you can check your copyright there.

    But don't just hold yourself to this, this is just a minor thing that can get you into trouble, and if you get that huge fine (Hope you don't, don't wish that to anyone) you will remember that humble thread on BHW.

    2 - MIRROR AND EDIT THE IMAGE

    This is a very important step, the more you make it irrecognizable, the better:

    I personally mirror every image, every single one of them. But be careful on this

    If you mirror a image with text, the text will be also mirrored, example:

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    Try to read the text on the left, you can, but for a money site, it won't just be readable.

    This will confuse Google Images Crawler Search for some time when people try to find the websites containing coppied photos, just like I did in the beggining of the thread, but don't expect Google to be that dumb to not recognize a mirrored picture after a while.

    You should even edit the photo on photoshop, canva or even ms paint. Put text on it and make it look yours, it will drive suspicions away.

    3 - CHANGE THE HASH (MD5)

    A hash is a sum of a file, so every bite counts, if you change just a pixel in the image it will be almost invisible to human eye and that will completely change the hash (md5) of the photo.

    You might also want to change the image in canva, Photoshop or even paint like above, as the md5 will also change, which is what you want because even instagram and facebook look for hashes to find duplicate content on images.
    There is a bulk md5 changer on the download section which is very very nice.

    4 - GET AN OFFSHORE HOST THAT IGNORES DMCA POLICIES

    This is the most important one as: the major companies or even the small ones that take the pictures won't cross international borders to sue you for one picture you have on your website... It can happen, but it is rare.


    Hope you learn from this guide, if you like it, just hit the thanks button instead of commenting, the button is there for something.
     
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  2. Gofobu

    Gofobu Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    This is one quality guide, thank you!

    I've never heard of anyone getting such complaint from anyone but it's always better to be on the safe side.
     
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  3. kickthat

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    This will protect you from anyone searching Google for their image. It won't protect you if someone finds out and directly reports you.

    Bear in mind some image providers (Getty Images) will religiously protect their copyright to the point of expensive legal action. People should know that there are risks involved. Personally I would pay the small amount for the stock photo license.

    Alternatively I have had some success from google image search, select 'tools' and change the 'usage rights' dropdown to 'labelled for reuse'. This can sometimes throw up decent images and they are royalty free.
     
  4. bold rapunzel

    bold rapunzel Newbie

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    Yes mate I also know that method of images labeled to reuse, BTB uses it a lot and I've been searching a lot as well. Anyway, if you are in a small niche the amount of photos labeled to reuse is very small, and most of them are not niche related.

    Of course the big stock photo companies will protect their photos the more they can, but the more you hide it from the serps, the harder it is for them to find your infraction.

    But of course downloading an illegal image and then promoting is with seo will not be the wisest choice if you don't have an offshore hosting. Its like a paradox, you try to hide from ones to show the others...

    Thanks mate
     
  5. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Junior Member

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    Interesting...
    I don't understand how someone can be sued if they didn't steal the image from the stock photo company, but from someone who bought the image from the stock photo company.
    so lets say XYZ buys stock photo from getty images and places that on his website. I steal the photo from XYZ's website. how does getty images have any standing in this?
     
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    For mac os x users i can suggest to use imageoptim
     
  7. kickthat

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    Erm, because ultimately they own the rights to the image. If someone copies an entire novel and publishes it, then I copy it from them we're both still gonna get sued by the original copyright owner...