I’ve copied lots of images from the internet.
I’ve copied lots of images from the internet.

If you are worried about the legality of the images you are using and the thought of reading through Copyright laws leave you in dread, then you need to consider these 5 tips carefully.

  1. Begin with presumption that all the images you are using are protected by copyright laws. This means that you’ll be careful about what you use and when. Remember it is better to be proactive, than shoving your head into the sand.
  2. When visiting a website that offers users free images make sure you pay a lot of attention to the fine print. Many of the images can be used for personal use only, for example. Or, they are copyrighted for a short time. As well, modern technology means that the images can be coded and tracked… anywhere… anytime!
  3. If you get a threatening or nasty notice saying you’ve used an image you shouldn’t have then remove it immediately. This may help you avoid any further issues.
  4. If you do receive a compliant, always ask for proof. Even though you have removed the image, you should know if it is actually under copyright or not.
  5. If you are not sure and you love the image so much, ask permission. It’s not hard to simply shoot off an email via the contact page of the site where you found the image.

And lastly, if you need a good night’s sleep, why not read more by searching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Thanks to John Saddington for these great tips

 

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