DON’T RISK YOUR BUSINESS FOR INTERNET PHOTOS
Who knew that you can get yourself in a world of trouble by clicking the oh-so-easy button to save that beautiful photo online.
Who could resist an ocean view, a glittering Mac book, or pops of bright colors that would immediately make me smile.
I guess its safe to say that I was slightly addicted. Search engines like Google make it so simple for us to do.
When I started out, I had NO IDEA. I guess I should have known better but I never knew.
All through college, I would “save image as" for so many presentations or random blogs that I posted, not giving it a second thought.
It wasn’t until I got serious about my business that I discovered the amount of trouble I could have been in.
411 on clicking “save image as”.
All images that are placed on the internet are covered by the Copyright & Fair Use. Yes! Copyright laws apply to photos as well.
You are not covered if you:
- Accidentally posted it
- Put a disclaimer somewhere on your site
- Resize the photo
- Take it down immediately after receiving a DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE
- Make no money from your website
The best way to protect yourself from this is…wait for it….DON’T DO IT!
It’s not worth it. You could possibly get charged a huge fine and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a money tree growing in my yard.
Be smart and use your own photos. You can also use these websites for free stock images.
I will continue to add to this list as I learn of new websites.