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How to avoid from getting sued using unpaid stock image? - How are you handling it?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by waitier, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. waitier

    waitier Power Member

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    I have a few example cases whereby using stock image is "necessary". But I need to know how are you guys handling it? Did you get any takedown letter or sue cases?

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    Reviewing a product from affiliate site that uses stock image. Basically you either hotlink it or host it on your own site.

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    Re-blogging from any content that uses stock image.

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    Auto-blogging with purely scrapped content, which chances of more stock image is being used.
     
  2. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Normally try to avoid it personally, most of my images come from royalty free sites.
    If you risk it a few times I doubt it would cause a problem, but if you reuse unlicenced images as a matter of course, its gonna bite you in the ass sooner or later.
     
  3. waitier

    waitier Power Member

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    Yeah I guess. I mean I've heard of local smb business getting fined for using unlicensed stock image.

    Still looking for more opinion in regards to the matter.
     
  4. valar morghulis

    valar morghulis Newbie

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    Well, what I've seen done is just that someone owns two websites. Let's call them A and B, with A being the main website and B the resources website. The pictures would be uploaded to domain B, where they would be hotlinked from domain A.
    Now, if anything happened he could have just say that the pictures were listed as free/public domain on site B, and he didn't know anything. (He just had to setup the B website with fake information) :)
     
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    I use copyright images and never get in trouble yeah if they give you warning just remove it and use new one. :) Keep repeating.
     
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    All of my images are created in Photoshop or Illustrator entirely from scratch or using images that are "labelled for reuse with modification". I do not take the risk of getting sued for between $250 and $150,000 for copyright infringement because a Microsoft Paint "artist" decided their "art" was worth that much.
     
  7. waitier

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    Problem is, they might not even give a warning but a fine right away. You're lucky. But I like the risk approach.

    Now the question is lets say you are reviewing a particular product which only uses the stock image. If you use your own image, wont it kill conversion?
     
  8. BigBangTheory

    BigBangTheory Regular Member

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    I handle it by not worrying about it.
     
  9. Zwielicht

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    If the image being used is meant to support the review (like the product logo), then I believe it falls under fair use and you would be allowed to use it. However, I am not a lawyer, so don't rely solely on the information that I have provided you.
     
  10. waitier

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    Ok. Good point. I have since taken another approach to it. But if i really must, i believe buying that stock image wouldn't be that bad. Just that its abit pricey.
     
  11. Zwielicht

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    Oh yes, I completely understand your concern about the high prices associated with stock images. :)
     
  12. kypso

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    Only because you are claiming that you got the picture as Royalty Free image will not protect you from getting sued. You will have to know the legalities and proof of it. If they find your own personal information to sue you that is a complete different question :)

    K.
     
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    They won't sue you straight. I do use copyrighted images, where sometimes i get an email asking me to remove as warning and then i remove the image. So, you can use copyrighted images till you get a warning email.
     
  14. kypso

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    So you will pay his penalties in case he get's sued and has to pay a fine ?
    K.
     
  15. waitier

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    There are cases where you can get sued without a warning letter, that's all I know. It depends on how lucky you are getting away with it. I have had local client's site built by my bro that got sued for few grand with just a tiny stock photo.

    But of course, the reason I ask is to get some opinion on risk management. There are some who take risk, got away unharmed, and some use other methods. Thanks to them I'm getting a better view on how I should manage my content.
     
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    Most stock photos just cost 2 or 3 bucks. Why not pay for it?
     
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    They often ask you to remove the copyrighted content first, although there is nothing preventing them from getting litigious right away (as mentioned in this article). For the exact quote, read below.

     
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    Best advice: try to avoid it as much as possible.

    The internet is full of free images you can use.
     
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    Never cheat with the internet.

    The best solution is to get an image provider that can deliver cheap images.

    Try dreamstine.com -- it's cheaper there. You can get up to 11 images (depending on size) and the package is just worth $8.
     
  20. BigBangTheory

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    Do you know what forum your on?
     
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