Is it okay to give image credits as Guardian does?

theIMMachine

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Hi

I am on the verge of a new project which requires high-quality images to be posted. Mine is a website which is intended to drive a huge amount of traffic, (thanks to the niche - by default the niche and its allies has been getting a good amount of traffic lately.)

What I am worried is about the images which I can't afford from Gettyimages/Shutterstock for sure. But I have seen many sites doing this without any problems, I presume
for eg, this is what Guardian does,
https://www.theguardian.com/comment...sis-balkans-eu-membership-russia-china-turkey

They have given credits to 'Bülent Kılıç/AFP/Getty Images' under their respective image.

My doubt is, would it be fine if I too follow the same way?
Will Gettyimages/Shutterstock take any legal actions/report to Google or will i loose my rankings because of this?
How would Google treat this on the recent 'images' update they had come up with?

Hope to see some clear cut views/instructions on how to play it safe.

Thanks.
 

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If it came from a proper source(not direct from image providing company of course) then I guess it wouldn't affect your SEO efforts
 

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The Guardian and other news sites give credit for the images, but they still pay for them.
 

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The newspapers have special subscription with these stock image selling sites. They publish the images and give credit to sites like shutter*, etc. In turn, shutter* gets free exposure and possibly will get lots of new targeted sales and new clients, because the popular and globally read newspapers provide a huge platform to the stock image selling sites. The web traffic that would be generated to their site would be almost free and gigantic , because of the back link on the electronic newspapers.

Even a plain text link on an offline newspaper of global repute will be a great marketing strategy for the stock images selling sites, and interested parties like you :) and me, may visit them for buying images, or just to see what they have! A new visitor, especially from the first world country is always welcome, and a possible new client...

More the images used by the newspapers, more the targeted exposure, and more images will get sold globally!

So, it's a win-win situation for both the parties. Naturally, the stock images will always be in demand by the newspapers, and sites like shutter*, even if they will provide the images for low price to the globally leading newspapers, will certainly make lot of sales, possibly from all corners of the world...

That's the idea, and if you also have a very popular website, then you can talk with the sales guys and get a special offer, but I don't think they will allow you to get away just by giving credit to them while using the images free!

Also, if you have no such written agreement and have no invoices to show that you have the permission to use those images,, then their stock images will be considered stolen images, and if this is found by gettyimages, or such special organizations, then they will also ask you to pay huge penalties beside pay for those images at the rates they will want you to pay, and they will certainly impose a lawsuit... They usually win almost all those legal cases! So a friendly warning: your idea can land you in big trouble...

So don't just assume that because the newspapers are seemingly using those images for free, and just give credit back to the originating stock image seller, you too can do the same and get away from the obvious. If such was the case, then every website could have used the same tactic, and get absolutely free stock images, wouldn't they?
 
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Image Licensing can be complicated, if you don't want to pay then try to find creative commons licenses Attribution CC BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
You can use Google to search for Creative Commons content, look for pictures at Flickr, albums at Jamendo, and general media at spinxpress. The Wikimedia Commons, the multimedia repository of Wikipedia, is a core user of our licenses as well.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=image+licensing
https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=image+copyright
https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=creative+commons
 

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Getty is the last place you want to steal pics from. They are copyright trolls
 

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Getty is the last place you want to steal pics from. They are copyright trolls

Not only are they copyright trolls but they have software that crawls the web actively looking for their stock photos.
 

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If such was the case, then every website could have used the same tactic, and get absolutely free stock images, wouldn't they?

That's the point. Thanks for the insight mate.

Image Licensing can be complicated, if you don't want to pay then try to find creative commons licenses Attribution CC BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
You can use Google to search for Creative Commons content, look for pictures at Flickr, albums at Jamendo, and general media at spinxpress. The Wikimedia Commons, the multimedia repository of Wikipedia, is a core user of our licenses as well.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=image+licensing
https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=image+copyright
https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=creative+commons

No wonder you became one of the most thanked! :)
Thank you, brother, for all those links.
Started downloading pics already :D

Not only are they copyright trolls but they have software that crawls the web actively looking for their stock photos.

Pretty much expected and that too pushed me to post it here.

I knew that even with a small delay BHWians would come and share their valuable opinions. When it comes to IM and its allies, Google could consider BHW's search bar. :)
 
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