Using images on your Website or Blog
The internet has really changed the ball game when it comes to ownership and copyright of content. Music, series, movies, books and photos are all freely available if you know where to look. “Freely Available” I use that term in its basest meaning. Yes, you can get them for free. Does that mean you should?
I am not going to preach about the rights and wrongs of movie and music piracy etc. but I do want to make you aware of problems that can arise from publishing images on your website or blog without permission.
It is really easy these days to look for an image in google, right click and save to our computer and then use on our website or in an article. It is on the internet that means it is free for anyone to use right? Wrong!
Photos are created by photographers many of whom make a living through the sale of their photos. Photos are their art, their product and it is not our place to use them as our own or distribute them without their permission.
In my research for this article, I came across a number of stories from photographers online that have had their work distributed, rebranded and even re-copyrighted by others. Joel Robison’s article, The “Borrowed” Photographer describes his experience and it rang true with me immediately since, I have come across many of his redistributed works time and time again.
So what do you do? How do you find images for your website or blog?
The bottom line is… if you don’t have permission to use the photo don’t.
It just isn’t worth it as one blogger, Roni Loren, recently found out. Roni was recently sued for using an image on her blog. She documented her experience in a blog post “Bloggers Beware: You can get Sued for using Pics on your Blog – My Story.”
Don’t think that it will never happen to you, because it can.
Have you had any experiences with take-down notices? Please share your experiences or thoughts with us, we would love to hear them.
Photo by DaveBleasdale