A picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes a picture can be worth $10,000 bucks or more!
Especially if you’re randomly grabbing images online and using them on your blog or website without permission. Did you know that you could be sued over pictures posted to your website or blog if you don’t have express permission from the owner to use them?
There is a common misconception that photos on the web are free. This is false. If you see a photo on the web, you are most likely not allowed to use it, as the photographer has full copyrights to the image unless otherwise noted.
Generally speaking, there are three (3) scenarios where you can use a photo found on the Internet:
- You paid to you use it.
- You have permission to use it (or created it yourself with permission from your subjects).
- You stole it.
Copyright rules can get complicated and legal battles can get expensive, so: DO NOT STEAL PICTURES FROM OTHER SITES! Choose some easier, legal avenues like taking photos yourself or purchasing popular stock images and illustrations.
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P.S. Learn more about the legal consequences of copyright infringement from others' mistakes: The $8,000 Mistake That All Bloggers Should Beware and Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog.