Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Are you using free images for your marketing, advertising or blog?

Source: iCLIPART.com
Just because you can find images/illustrations online without any notice of copyright protection, this does not guarantee it is meant to be given into the public domain. The image just might have been copied and republished (legally or illegally) by a different person.

Unfortunately, for some, they are finding out how costly it can be to use copyrighted works, images or illustrations without paying for the right to do so.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/school-lesson-plans-1.5393384

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/york-university-ordered-to-pay-up-after-losing-copyright-battle-1.4202058

Whether you are an educational facility, your site isn’t commercial and you make no money from your blog or website, you link back to the photo source, cite the photographer’s name, or you immediately take down the picture after receiving a take down notice, you will be held responsible.

Copyright lawsuits are increasing. Cover yourself with an image provider you can trust:

iCLIPART.com:
1-Year Plus (includes vector illustrations) $99.95/year/100 images per day/3000 per month
iPHOTOS.com:
$99.00/month/35 images per day/1050 images per month or save even more with a 1-Year $399.95 subscription.


Shutterstock:
$169/month/350 images per month

AdobeStock:
$199.99/month/750 images per month

GettyImages:
Starting at $175 per download (small images/low resolution video)


As a universal rule, most images are protected by copyright laws around the world and you need permission to use an image as-is or to change it. Even if you are getting images from a reputable provider, make sure your usage is allowed.


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