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Would I get caught if I used a few picture from a stock image website?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by mqs1000, May 8, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

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    Let's say I "borrowed" some pictures from a stock image website like Shutterstock. I photoshopped the watermark off and used the image on my site. Then about two months from now, I actually made a membership with Shutterstock and legally downloaded those same pictures. Would I get caught?

    You might ask why not just make the membership now. Because as of now I don't require more than a few pictures, so paying over a hundred dollars monthly for 25 pics / a day does not make sense. In two months I will need 25 pics a day.
     
  2. Nom26

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    It is probably worth the risk..
     
  3. davids355

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    I suppose it depends how popular your website is/will be - if you are getting 20 visitors a day, i wouldn't worry, but if the site is or will be popular, I wouldn't risk it because it may come back and bite you.

    Why don't you use another stock site where you can just pay per image for now??
     
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  4. SirJackneeOff

    SirJackneeOff Registered Member

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    There are "spiders" now looking for stock photos and if they find you are using one of their photos penalties can be steep.

    Everything online has an algorithm... take a picture of yourself that you use online. Drop it into Google image. I bet it will come up in the search.

    I just went to Photoshop World 2013 and more and more companies are relying on those that can find someone that is using their photos/images/designs. If someone can pinpoint that you used their stuff without asking there is a good chance they will take you to court.
     
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    I may not want to take the risk......

    I recently downloaded a pic from facebook and uploaded to pinterest.(as you know you cant pin images directly to pinterest from fb,as of now)image which is slightly related to my niche,after 3 days my pin was reported,flagged and deleted,thought something was wrong.but after 1 day i got a message on fb from the guy who owned the image,saying,
    "Please dont use our company images,that's copyright infringement,and dont repeat this again."
    Scared the shit out of me.....
    Actually i watermarked one of my website name on it,i think thats how he traced me out
    So be careful Using copyright content.
     
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    All i can say is cover your tracks extremely well.
     
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  7. jntarnold

    jntarnold Junior Member

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    At the least resize the pic or do some other change and rename the file. Erase any meta info. This should change the checksum and prevent automated lawsuit tools from finding it.
     
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  8. SirJackneeOff

    SirJackneeOff Registered Member

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    Do not quote me on this but I have heard images have to be changed 90% to be able to use it. That being said 90% is a hell of a lot of changing. :)
     
  9. infoasian

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    To decreas your risk, do not use the original file as it includes meta date and other hidden info. Make a screenshot and use that instead.

    Better would be to pay for a similar pic from one of the ceap 99 Cent agents.
     
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  10. Growth

    Growth Power Member Premium Member

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    Just put a watermark on it in super small print that shows the originator. the worse that will happen is a take down notice, unless it is an artists, then you could be hit with copyright hard.
     
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  12. yoyo33

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    Why risk it? Just use for now public domain photos or from wikipedia commons.

    There is a possibility to get caught and it will not be nice... the law will treat you as a thief.
    You will end up paying ~1500 - $2000 for every picture you used.
    Big companies hire lawyers to hunt down the trademark/copyright infringements. It's just business: another source of profit.
    Plus the client educational part: teach people to pay for digital goods.
    The lawyers are not evil. They just encourage you to do the right thing :)

    Don't risk your skin unless you have a serious bank account :)
     
  13. TedNugent

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    i could have sworn I saw this post like an hour ago. Again, dont do it.
     
  14. bryanmoneey

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    Are images from google images or from blogs can be used? I normally save as pictures and rename them and use them in my blog. Is this risky also?
     
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    I wouldn't risk it. I've heard of people getting caught with unlicensed stock photos on their site and getting hit with large fines for them. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    There is a better way than photoshoping the file. Just upload that file in Google image search and 80% of the time you get a non watermarked picture!
    Coming to the question, google is smart enough to detect the color composition, so changing/removing the meta info won't help. But then, who cares?

    Just make sure that you have a way to contact you for DMCA complaint in your site. That way, if someone is interested to place a complaint, can complain to you directly instead of the host or the registrar. If you receive such complaints, pay for it...
     
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    How do you erase the meta info?
     
  18. SirJackneeOff

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    Once such program is BatchPurifier LITEâ„¢ you can prevent the unintentional exposure of this information that may compromise your privacy and cause you embarrassment.
     
  19. Theo2001

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    I'd say not worth the risk, esp seeing how cheap shutterstock is. I had a friend who used 4 images on a temp site while building them, he received a legal letter as the images weren't purchased, tried to contest with the lawyers saying he was going to purchase when site went live, but got fined £3k and ended up paying it. That was couple of years ago, since then I always purchase any images or use watermarked ones as temp ones.
     
  20. mikeydell

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    from what I understand Shutterstock will come after you pretty hard for using there images without paying.