4 Dangers of using Google images in Web Posts
So you’ve got your article for your blog, or your web page update all prepared to go, it solely needs a photograph to illustrate. Many folks promptly turn to Google image search to download the photograph they need, without being aware of the risks and legal situation involved.
Pretty much any photograph on the web, and any photograph you find in google will be copyright to somebody – and they will have a claim against you if you use their image without permission and/or payment.
1) The stress-free one, the owner of the image drops you an request asking you to remove the offending photograph. if you get this one, you’re lucky.
2) The copyright holder files a DMCA take down notice – which can actually force the temporary closure of your site. In some cases your hosting company may even remove your site.
3) The copyright holder demands a monetary settlement – and this can be for thousands of pounds.
4) Your theft (and yes it is theft) becomes publicly aware and your reputation suffers as well as your bank balance.
WILL THIS REALLY HAPPEN?
Trust me, every day on the professional photographer forums I read photographers doing precisely that, executing effortless web searches for mis-use of their photographs. And rightly so – this is how we produce our living and you are stealing the bread from our children’s mouths when you do this.
1) photographs used under “Fair Use” – although this really solely applies to reviews and some educational material – it’s doubtful that a commercial blog would get away with this.
2) Licence the images, discuss with the image owner, or use a stock image company for images.
3) Produce your own images – using your own illustrations and or photography
4) Ask a professional photographer to originate photographs for you. Typically you can get a full license for web use free as portion of the photo shoot costs.
It’s so tempting to take a hazard. It feels risk free, it feels simple – all until someone catches up with you, then it’s a headache you can do without.