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    Question Attitudes towards image copyrights

    Yo, I'm interested to hear about people's attitudes towards the copyright status of images that they use for their websites.

    Personally, I either buy the images, create them myself, or just otherwise make sure that they are totally safe to use on my crappy websites. However, I see loads of people blatantly nicking images left right and centre for their sites (especially on lame blogs).

    So, what's your attitude? Play it safe or not give a hoot?

  2. I pickup whatever I like and if i know the source then I give them credits . No one will say anything t you if you give them credits in your content where image is used . If you don't know whose image is that than keep using it till you get any warning and than deal with them politely . Tell them that you received it in forward emails and used in your blog . But don't use watermarked images madly .

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    When I use good images I always put the source of the image beneath it. Although when it's a crappy image not worth talking about I don't play it the safe way..
    |Nico Lawsons

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    It depends on the site. For commercial sites don't use images of people without having their permission. On the other hand for a fan site you generally can use the images. But should have a contact email and a disclaimer that you will remove the images if there are objections. In blogs I have gotten some good photos from press releases that are distributed with photos.

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    If it's stock images, it doesn't matter either way. If it is an artist I'm featuring on a website, I give credit. If its for anything else, I use my own photos when possible or no photos at all.

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    I use sxc.hu or google image that dont look copyrighted.

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    I use images that I find on Google Images, mostly. If someone owns the picture and wants it removed, they can contact me and I'll remove it.

    I once published (embedded) a video from YouTube on a site, and within an hour I got an email from someone who works in some university in Japan, who politely asked me to take down the video OR put a link to the university website. I put the link to the university, the guy thanked me and that was it.

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    I have no problem with acknowledging where the image came from. Just like if you quote a statistic in an article, you should say where the statistic came from.

    I get my images of flickr (search for creative commons) and just make the entire image a link. If people on my site like the look of the image they can click and go to flickr, see the full image/a bigger version etc.

    I believe some people don't acknowledge the source as they want to keep visitors on their homepage and not redirect to some other website. My view is that my website should be that good quality that the user (if clicks in the image to go to flickr) will want to return to my website for more information (or whatever they are seeking on my website).

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    Another thing is to make sure you aren't claiming an image as your own. Using a certain photograph to present a completely different view than the photographer intended is bad business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavenecko View Post
    Another thing is to make sure you aren't claiming an image as your own. Using a certain photograph to present a completely different view than the photographer intended is bad business.
    Good point. Also, photographers/copyright-holders get upset if you make it look as though the people in a photo are somehow endorsing your product or service.

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