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is buying a site with images that are taken from google too risky?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by refjaf55, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. refjaf55

    refjaf55 Regular Member

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    For example, a site like this: https://flippa.com/2864326-4-adsense-last-3-days-1-year-old-huge-traffic-adsense-blog-with-sitelinks
    or this: https://flippa.com/2861009-pr-1-home-improvement-site-making-460-mo


    When i ask most owners of these kinds of sites, they say that they get their images from google. Some say that when they see an image they want to use, they click on more sizes, and if a bunch of other sizes come up from other sites, then they believe they won't have any problems since so many other sites also use it.

    My main concern is getting banned from adsense, is that a legitimate concern or am i just being too paranoid?

    Thanks in advance for anything that you can contribute
     
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  2. unclemike

    unclemike BANNED BANNED

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    No it is not risky. It is common practice and if the 1 in a million chance the owner of the image finds it and complains then all you need to do is take it down.

    Cheers
    Unclemike
     
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  3. audioguy

    audioguy Power Member

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    If you really worry, then you can always replace the images after buying. Some images are easy to replace with stock photos.

    But if you only want to flip those sites again, I don't think you need to worry that much.
     
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  4. audioguy

    audioguy Power Member

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    Oh yes, there's no way AdSense team know about where your image come from. You need to worry about image owners and stock photo sites who are actively going after copyright infringement.

    A tip for you: you can use images with creative common license. Most of the time you only need to leave a link back to the source of the image.
     
  5. namepimp

    namepimp Regular Member Premium Member

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    It can has potential tm problems. You should hire your own web designer and produce a unique template for best result.
     
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    HipsterKitty Newbie

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    not risky, go ahead and develop your new site
     
  7. refjaf55

    refjaf55 Regular Member

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    i'm still paranoid to buy one of these sites. Can anyone else comment to make me less paranoid? lol
     
  8. DarkDemon

    DarkDemon Senior Member

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    Just put a notice on the website saying something like "All the images belong to respective owners and we honour their rights etc. If you are an owner and want us to remove any image, please contact us using <this> link and we'll have them taken down immediately :)"...
     
  9. Joesolutions

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    I don't think it is a problem at all. There's no serious consequences from that - at best, you will be forced to take down the pictures when the real picture owners find it/them. That's all.

    It will be stupid to go to court just to request a picture take-down, right? They have to hire a lawyer and everything, it won't be worth it, unless the picture(s) are very valuable.
     
  10. jigolo

    jigolo Newbie

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    Guys, sorry for posting this unrelated topic. i got banned. What shall I do? I am still a freshy here.
     
  11. waldes

    waldes Junior Member

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    In most case this should be enough.
     
  12. imperial444

    imperial444 Elite Member

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    It's ok for you to go with that type of websites.
     
  13. intrepid

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    It may be possible to hide image links with a WP plugin. Look for one.
     
  14. subpop138

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    I've thought about this before too. When I build sites I get all of my pics through doing google image searches.

    The first time I was really concerned about it was when I was building a site for a law firm. I figured if ever there was a time I would get nailed for taking images it would be from that site since it was for a lawyer.

    Here's what I do now:
    I still get my images from google image searches.
    I never use images with watermarks.
    I always crop the image and resave it before using it.
    I always change the file name.

    My thoughts on it are this, cropping the image changes the dimensions and file size. That, with changing the file name, makes it very difficult to associate with the original pic. It seems like the only way it would be found is if the original owner randomly went to your site and noticed it. That doesn't seem likely. As for the cropping, I usually only take off about 1px from just one side. Just enough to make it different dimensions and kb. Hope that helps you feel better.
     
  15. anton343

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    If I was you I would use stock images or public domian images. Just google "sites sued for using copyright images" to find out why.

    Getty Images use software to browse sites that have there images on and they don't let up when they comae after you. A mate of mine just paid $1,300 for using one of their images