Usage of ShutterStock Images - legal or Illegal

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Hi, Friends, I have one basic Question that is related to the usage of shutter stock images.
I have downloaded many Shutterstock images from this forum and from the free websites.
My question is can I use those images for my blog post and as a youtube thumbnail?
Are there any issues if I use? Kindly guide me or Give your expert answers.
Thanking you in advance for your kind courtesy
 

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All the images on Shutterstock are licensed and you may not use them for free. If you believe your blog or channel will become more or less popular some day, I advise you not to post these images there. There's a lot of stories when even very small businesses were sued for thousands of dollars for misusing just a single image. For example:

http://www.contentfac.com/copyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary/
http://blog.webcopyplus.com/2011/02/14/legal-lesson-learned-copywriter-pays-4000-for-10-photo/
http://persephonemagazine.com/2013/03/we-try-it-getting-sued/
http://paidcontent.org/2013/07/15/goodreads-hit-with-copyright-suit-over-fan-photo/

So, I'd recommend you either to find some really free images on Pixabay.com or buy a $10/mo subscription on Depositphotos.com , where you will have access to huge stock collection for $1 per piece (10 downloads per month are included in the subscription)
 

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Thank you for your valuable information
 

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It depends on whether images are rights-managed, royalty-free or public domain. Considering web designer, agency, freelancer / client relations very complex nowadays, there's no simple answer to that question.
 

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It depends on whether images are rights-managed, royalty-free or public domain. Considering web designer, agency, freelancer / client relations very complex nowadays, there's no simple answer to that question.
Thank you, if i modify the Images like crop or adding some content on image, Is there any problem to use it
 

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I'm in no position of giving legal advice but I'd only use them while launching a new blog and keep using them while my blog's still going low profile. I'd never use the images directly without any photoshop/collage. And I'd change the images right after my blog starts getting some spotlight and huge traffic.
Hope that helps..
 

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I'm in no position of giving legal advice but I'd only use them while launching a new blog and keep using them while my blog's still going low profile. I'd never use the images directly without any photoshop/collage. And I'd change the images right after my blog starts getting some spotlight and huge traffic.
Hope that helps..
Thank You for your info.
 

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It is much cheaper to hire a designer
So when a designer use an unregistered image on your site, won't you get sued or not? :)
I think those copyright laws are practically non applicable with small time blogs.
 

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Yes, you're probably right, but I prefer doing everything by the book. Random X was talking about YT thumbnail; what if his video becomes popular and he gets a lot of subscribers? The least bad thing that could happen is that the video gets removed.

What is your Suggestion Friend????
 

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What is your Suggestion Friend????

If it's a churn and burn, then feel free, but if it's a serious site I suggest you use bought / licenced images. It all depends on how risk averse you are.
 

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yes you can use
if anything - unisualize all the pictures through any image converter
 

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You can use images from this site but you also have to look at what rights the photographer has given for each image. There is something called creative commons on flickr where you can find free images that are free to use.
 

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I think you will not get any issue on using those images. If you are not satisfied of using downloaded images, then get licensed version.
 

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you need to see if the original photographer has placed any restrictions on how to use that image
 
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