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Possible to get penalized for stealing images?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by samiejg, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Is it possible to get penalized by Google for stealing a few images from other websites (found by Google image search)? Like would it be considered as duplicate content or anything like that?
     
  2. Numbuh362

    Numbuh362 Elite Member

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    It's possible to get sued, this is only likely if you're making lots of money off of the images. I haven't heard of anyone getting penalized for images yet.
     
  3. ID Internet Marketer

    ID Internet Marketer Senior Member

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    yes for next google update
    matt cuts told me :p
     
  4. parkershown

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    You should never take the images which covers the name of the other sites or logo of the other sites, There are high amount of chances to get penalty from such theft.
     
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    mindlesswizard Supreme Member

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    Well penalized by google ???

    No way !!!!!!

    No way !!!!!
     
  6. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Yeah Im not taking a logo or anything like that. Just say.. maybe like a general product online. Are you saying that Google penalizes ranking for doing this?
     
  7. Limestone

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    I think the only issue you will have is if you steal a copyrighted image and try and use it as your own. If you don't claim owner ship you are alright. (This is the legal side of it).
    As for Google, I don't think they care too much about the image, as long as the content is good.
    Not heard of anything being dropped for adding images from other sites to theirs.
     
  8. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

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    No Google penalty just a C&D if the site owner's can afford a legal firm.
     
  9. lucasbraydon

    lucasbraydon Supreme Member

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    G00gle will put you in their own private prison for such activities.
     
  10. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Google doesn't care.

    BUT If you copy someone else's image, they can make you pay for the rights to use it.

    http://www.contentfac.com/copyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary/

    The only images you can use safely are the ones you specifically own the rights to use.

    Not only that, but you might grab an image of someone who killed theirself, and you will have the entire internet mad at you.

    Will you get caught? Probably not. Can you get caught? Yes.

    If they catch you, you WILL have to pay.

    THAT is the legal side of it.
     
  11. xicebreaker69x

    xicebreaker69x Newbie

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    if you use a company photo and cover the company logo with your own logo than yes you will be penalized
     
  12. Sky Tiger

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    It is highly recommended to use royalty-free stock images. One excellent site to purchase stock images is www.istockphoto.com.
     
  13. KeanYao

    KeanYao Newbie

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    What if I add lots of images, some are copied from other websites and rest are paid? Will I get penalized.
     
  14. Avishai

    Avishai Newbie

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    If you want to be safe here are two options that will keep you safe: imonomy and Pixabay

    Good Luck :)
     
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    isotolreborn Newbie

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    it depends, those images have a copyright or not
     
  16. WebMeUp

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    There?s no such a thing as Google?s penalty for using somebody?s images. But using someone?s visual content without the corresponding permission isn?t a good idea in any case.

    When you simply go search on Google, find a picture you like, and use it on your blog it is called content theft. It?s no different than finding somebody?s blog post, copy/pasting it, and posting it on your own site.

    If you steal somebody?s image, its owner can easily detect it and then file a DMCA notice to your hosting (which could get your site shut down) Also, image owners can sue you for illegal using of their content.

    And note that simply linking to where you got the image doesn?t make it ok to use it (especially if you use it for commercial purposes). To be on the safe side, you need to contact an image owner and discuss the usage of their visual content.

    Hope you find this info useful.
     
  17. Reyone

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    Same as for copied content. If you do not own it, you can get your ass kicked.

    Amazon allows you to use their images as long as you are promoting that product, but Google can certainly penalize your site if you have been stealing images from here and there. Same goes for adsense.

    If it is a big site with aims of remaining there for a long time then I would recommend to either purchase the pics, use pics with commercial rights or simply hire a photographer and prepare a long shooting session.

    If it is BH site then who the fuck cares...
     
  18. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Ahh I seem to be getting mixed answers :( I'm not too worried about the legal issue, but more-so just with the Google penalty if there is one. Reyone said there is a penalty as well as someone early but then others are saying that there isn't :( confused :p
     
  19. hpv222

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    Nothing to be confused about, Google takes sites out of its index because of DMCA requests, plain and simple. Up to you if you want to take that chance or not.
     
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  20. samiejg

    samiejg Senior Member

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    Ohhhh ok, I understand now. Nobody else mentioned about the DMCA request to Google. I'm not too worried about it. Thank you for the help!