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Has anyone here ever gotten in trouble for using images without the owner's permission?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by mojoo999, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. mojoo999

    mojoo999 Newbie

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    I'm asking because half the time I can't find the images that I need from stock photos. I'm not cheap, I'm willing to pay for the images if they're available for sale. And contacting independent owners for permission is time consuming and a lot of time they'd just ignore you.
     
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    Yes, part of the lawsuit against me was the fact I used the Olympic logo
     
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    How did the lawsuit go?
     
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    elaborate please?
     
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    I built a site based on Olympic medal winners. My ( costly ) mistake was to use the word Olympic in the name and the symbol in the logo. Everything associated with the Olympics is copyright, they sued me, it cost me thousands in lawyer fees and months of worry.
     
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    When I worked for an agency, we had a enterprise customer and the marketing department failed to get the license for an image of gettyimages.
    They got a pretty large invoice about half a year later.

    Won't recomend it for sites that could be tracked in anway back to you.
     
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    I think that has more to do with you using the word "Olympic" in the name rather than you using the logo. I mean google the Olympic logo and there's literally millions of results and I doubt most of them have permission to use it.
     
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    Whoa shit, that really sucks man. Is the suit still going on?

    @mojoo999 I use Pexels a lot, or I get the camera out and take my own pictures. The former is good for quick placements on things like PBN's and such for me. I take the Pexels image, flip it horizontally, Crop it a bit, mess with the colors or make it black and white, change the file name, compress it pretty good, let WP Super Smush give it an additional squeeze, and boom it's original to Google.

    Taking your own pictures is a solid concept. No copyright issues to deal with, no attributions, no 1500-sites-have-the-same-overdone stock photo crap.
     
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    It was settled out of court after a few months, luckily I hadn't got round to monetizing it, so my lawyer claimed it was not for profit lol! He did well out of it though
     
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    It depends, till your site is famous.. I don't think there will be issue, but after that surely there are copyright issue, no one will give there assets for free if they are not meant to be.
     
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    Mine wasn't famous as you put it, not by a long way. Although what happened was extreme and in most instances they'll just demand you remove it. It's always better to use sites like pixabay, saves trouble later on
     
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    Agreed. Because there are free images available on different sites so better to avoid the hurdle if it is a long term project.
     
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    Dont use copyright images, i had a problem with a website which i didnt even release it was under construction. So i got DMCA warning and since i was on namecheap they instantly blocked hosting until problem is resolved. They give you like 24-48h to remove or change everything or they will delete website. Also the owner was some jerk and started threatening me..i didnt discuss much and since namecheap had all my details i was not sure how far this can go.. i had to comply with rules, and i solved problem when removed his image or images i not remember if it was 1 or few. Sometimes you may not have a problem but its better to not risk..
     
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    I registered a dozen domains before the London Olympics, do offer accommodation etc all were usinf the word Olympics in the domain name. I was fortunate that I double checked and saw how they have trademarked the brand name, so decided against using them.
     
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    Unfortunately I didn't lol! Everything associated with it is trademark, I stupidly thought, olympics is 2000 years old so ok to use, boy was I wrong.
    Two lessons here for newbies
    1 avoid copyright or tradmarks
    2 forget IM and become a copyright lawyer
     
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    What about images of products like games, movies, etc. I have a site about games and I used images from google. Obviously I have no choice. What about this kind of situation?
     
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    To be fair I'm not a copyright lawyer, so I can't advise. It's so difficult for non professionals. My situation was probably at the extreme end, the olympics fiercely defend their copyright because big companies pay millions for the right to use the name.
     
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    Ahh ok. Thanks.