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  • Eric R Reply

    Learn how using Google images could cost you $8,000.

    If you have clients or prospects that are still using Google images to find good pictures for the blog posts they're writing (if they aren't on our SEO plans), you need to show them this article. Copyright issues can cost you big. That's why we have our own image library that we have full rights to. Make sure you take advantage of images you have full rights to, and don't make the same mistake as some less fortunate companies.

    08/27 at 09:34 AM (9787)
  • Adam Reply

    Ouch! Make sure you have full copyrights / permission to use images. They have programs now that can identify he same image even if you change the name.

    08/27 at 10:14 AM (9792)
  • Return On Now Reply

    Another option is to use creative commons, but make sure the license allows you to use for commercial purposes, and also allows it to be modified if you plan to crop or resize it (which you should be doing to optimize load time).

    08/27 at 10:35 AM (9794)
  • Member 9056 Reply

    [quote]Current Fair Use image copyright laws say that you’re financially liable for posting copyrighted images, even if:
    • You did it by accident
    • You immediately take down the picture after receiving a DMCA takedown notice
    • The picture is resized
    • If the picture is licensed to your Web developer (Getty Images requires that you get your own license, thank you very much)
    • You link back to the photo source and cite the photographer’s name
    • Your site isn’t commercial and you make no money from your blogs
    • You have a disclaimer on the site
    • The pic is embedded instead of saved on your server
    • You found it on the Internet
    [/quote]

    Not entirely true. Fair use is something that is determined on a case by case basis. Think about all the fan sites out there, whether it be for a sports team or a celebrity, that use copyrighted images. If your site commercial or meant to boost a commercial site, all bets are off.

    08/29 at 01:50 PM (9871)
  • Terrance Reply

    Wow, that could hurt and I am sure many people are aware but never think that they will get caught. The way that things are going on with the web I'm sure that it's a matter of time before there's a full sweep of images to see who is violating copyright laws!

    08/29 at 01:57 PM (9872)
  • Return On Now Reply

    Member 9056 - agreed but only for copyrighted images. Creative Commons is a different animal.

    Here's verbiage from that angle (excerpt from Flickr's CC license information):

    You are free:

    to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
    to Remix — to adapt the work
    to make commercial use of the work

    Under the following conditions:

    Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
    Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

    With the understanding that:

    Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
    Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
    Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    The author's moral rights;
    Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
    Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

    08/29 at 02:01 PM (9873)
  • Chris Reply

    I have touched on this topic before and I can tell you this is a real concern. Its one of those things that you just don't think could happen to you... until it does.

    If you are using "questionable source" images on your site, its not if, its when. Consider this ridiculous, but true scenario. You have a portfolio of your work on your website.
    You have a screenshot of a client's site that you developed, in your portfolio.
    That client has fully licensed copyrighted images on their site.

    Guess what happens?

    You can, and will (especially if its Getty or Corbis) get a demand to remove the image AND pay a fine.

    There is no viable defense. Its your site, its their image, you lose.

    Its best to be safe. Terrance's advice is right on, use an image library that you have full rights to, or images that take with your own camera.

    08/29 at 03:24 PM (9885)
  • Kat Reply

    It really annoyed me when Google came up with its Images search. So many people think that means the photos are free.

    If you want to find a photo you can use, you can do a search in Images, then use the Gearbox to go to Advanced Search. The last option there is Usage Rights. Choose "free to use and share, even commercially." That will often result in no images in the results, but that's the only way to be safe. And, even then, there are often Creative Commons requirements like attribution.

    Google has no disclaimers on the Images search, and makes finding the Advanced Search difficult. Not fair in my view.

    09/05 at 10:28 AM (10007)
  • Tom Reply

    No it definitely is not fair

    09/05 at 10:31 AM (10008)
  • scottjcamp Reply

    If you can't use any of the Google Images they serve up ...what's the point of Google Images?

    09/05 at 11:20 AM (10018)