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Image Copyright Laws?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by twpro, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. twpro

    twpro Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've been seeing a lot of threads about DMCA lately and had a couple questions.

    If I use images from google images on my website can I be sued? (the websites would just be amazon aff/adsense websites)

    If so how can I avoid this? Am I limited to creative commons photos?

    Thanks
     
  2. ray657

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    I have been wondering about this too.
     
  3. blogzandstuff

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    You can't just use images from there as you please. Go to advanced settings and scroll to bottom, click to use and modify even commercially. Even then be careful, you can also check pixabay.com
     
  4. Phil Gangluff

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    You can be sued for anything, but no one is going to sue you as a first step for using an image.

    Lawsuits are too expensive for that.

    There's a 99.99% chance that no one will every find out you used the image illegally, but if they do they are just going to email you and demand you remove it.

    If that happens, just take it down.
     
  5. blogzandstuff

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    Not really that simple i'm afraid
    http://www.contentfac.com/copyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary/
     
  6. Phil Gangluff

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    A huge company that writes thousands of blog posts every year for hundreds of clients is going to get sued, since they have money.

    Your average Joe is going be threatened with a lawsuit, but no one is going to spend money to actually sue him.
     
  7. bartosimpsonio

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    Every image is copyrighted to its author in the USA and all of the "Western" world.

    Some authors authorize their use via liberal licenses like MIT or Creative Commons.

    If the image is not licensed, then you must pay to use it. Getty images for example can be expensive.

    You CAN and WILL be sued by some aggressive folks. I know a serious case first hand. Some photographers hire a lawyer firm that scans the WWW all day for opportunities to sue you. It's cheap for the photographer, because the lawyer will charge based on success. If the lawyer wins the case, they get X%.

    Don't use copyrighted images.
     
  8. Capo Dei Capi

    Capo Dei Capi BANNED BANNED

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    You can use images from amateur people in 3rd world countries without any issue. They won't have the money to get a lawyer to come after you.
     
  9. iwebsocial

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    Most of the images from google image are not copyright free. You may filter the search. The best way to get images online are stock photo sites like shuttershock, Piratebay etc.
     
  10. blogzandstuff

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    The late singer prince sued two blog owners for a million dollars for using images without permission, naivety isn't a defense. A copyright is a copyright whoever it is.
     
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    I take it you mean pixabay and not pirate bay lol!
     
  12. PaulSmithAUS

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    The whole issue of copyright for pictures is so far behind technology at the moment its a bit of trying to apply laws written about how to ride horse drawn carts and trying to apply it to formula one cars.

    The laws go against everything which is behind the internet (which is sharing information). Here is the interesting thing, If someone puts an image ujp on the web are they not putting it out there for public use and if you link to (not copy) that image in an iframe, image link, etc then really you re not copying it. You are only linking to it and its the browser which is infringing on it :) . The law isn't clear about this still so it can still be copyright infringement. I would say if someone has gone to the trouble to not allow their images to be linked from elsewhere then yes it would be copyright infringing but if its out there and you can see it from anywhere on the web then it shouldn't be copyright infringing.

    Its also more of a problem for people in the USA vs the rest of the world as generally if you have hosting outside of the US and/or not a citizen of the US and you don't intend to ever go there then its unlikely they will pursue you in your country. It will all depend on how much trouble the lawyers want to go to and whether or not there is co-operation between the countries. Also some other countries don't have the same payouts as the US so if they pursued it in these countries then they would get very small payouts as the owner needs to prove how much money they lost due to you having the image displayed and also how much you profited from it. It would likely be less then a few hundred at most and the hassle of getting a court order in these other countries is not worth the time or effort.

    There is also the case of auto/software developed content that takes RSS feeds, etc. If you happen to get an image come through due to another site infringing who is at fault there ? The software developer, the website owner, etc. No one set out to take the copyright image and use it and it all happens in the background similar to googler images indexing the images. That would probably be the likely defence and would likely reduce any amount if any were awarded.

    But if you want to sleep at night don't use images unless you created them. Its the only way you will not run the risk of copyright. Im not saying I agree with this but its the way it is until the laws catch up with technology.
     
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    Sorry I mis spell it. It is Pixabay.
     
  14. johndefoe

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    So many great stock photo sites online, where you can use images for free without any danger. We're actually working on a list right now (it will be available on our site) but here are some of our faves, which we use on a daily basis for social media, blog posts, websites.. https://pixabay.com/ - https://www.pexels.com/ - http://www.freepik.com/
     
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    If you're gonna use copyright images be careful, you'll surely gonna get caught sooner or later. It's better to use free stock images instead of getting sued.