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Question about stock photos

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by madandi, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. madandi

    madandi Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    I was wondering how sites like istockphoto.com, 123rf.com, and other decent stock image sites can tell if you've got a license to use one of their images or not?

    From what I understand, Getty will hunt you down to the end of the earth for "stealing" their images without a license (even if you've done so accidentally by using an image you found on Pinterest or Tumbler), but what about the other companies?

    I'm not against paying for images, but I am trying to find some free CC ones by searching. A lot of the good quality images I'm finding though are from stock photo sites. Which made me curious.. with some of the stock photos showing up on 100+ different sites (after doing a reverse image search), how the hell can they tell if each site has paid for usage rights or not?

    Thinking along those lines, if you were to upload an image to Wordpress with the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin installed and select the option to remove all EXIF information, can they track the image? Or has all the pertinent information been scrubbed?

    Appreciate your thoughts..
     
  2. Apricot

    Apricot Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    I think you'd be ok and if you do happen to get an email about it, just do what they say if you want to stay extra safe!
     
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  3. Bilmz87

    Bilmz87 Junior Member

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    stock photos is nice BD i thing it's not active more then one year?
     
  4. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    It boils down to this: If you get caught, you have to pay, but the owner of the image can just submit a dcma request instead and have your site removed.

    Many photos from stock photo companies are micro coded in the actual image. It will not strip out.

    If you do a reverse image search and find hundreds of instances of an image in use, you can probably get away with using it. Les than a hundred, I would not though.

    By the way, Kozzi has images for 50 cents each if you want them.

    Also, If you start gathering image now that you have the rights to use, in time you will have a library of them.

    You should carry around a camera and take shots too. You can use and sell them, everyone needs images like you do.

    Get the usual PLR packages, I have some on mediafire, pm me and I will send you the links.
     
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  5. Triplescan

    Triplescan Junior Member

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    Stock images are embedded with meta-data so even though you use snipping tool to copy them or any other ingenious method the company will find you. Mostly because this meta-data refers to some particular series of bits that work like a footprint and when you repost the photo it can easily be tracked down. The image's bit stream is indexed and can be traced by the mother company, the website on which the new image appears (when it says "processing image") or a specialized third party hired by a worthy business. If you want you can buy royalty free photos for which you pay one but are allowed to utilize multiple times, or you could take your own photos.
     
  6. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Was wondering the same thing as OP, great cover Techxan, Kozzi is great. interested in your PLR links as well. PMed
     
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  7. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    links sent .
     
  8. xtreme

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    how about the use of images from online retailers like jc penny, macys and other big companies. has anyone been using them on their site and what are your thoughts? i was considering it but im not sure
     
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    Yeah, it's really not worth the gamble or the headache if you're caught. Sounds like a good idea until you get busted. : /
     
  10. 4Panda

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    But how does Pinterest and Tumblr get away with it? They got tonnes of Getty Images shared there, by Getty themselves and other ppl.