Is it really mandatory to have original images for getting the coveted Hub of the Day prize or images from other sources would do the task? Would love to hear more from all fellow hubbers
The image does not have to be original though it MUST be properly attributed and you must have the legal right to use the image.
k, so can we go for wikimedia images for the hubs richard?
Yes you can but give proper attribution to the copyright holder (use their name as the source and the url where the original image can be found.) You can also find free to use images on Morguefile.com, Pixabay. If you use Google or Flickr, do an advanced image search and filter it to only include Creative Commons images.
One good site for creative commons images is http://freecreativecommonsphotos.com Mostly nature pics there... good for poetry hubs or for times when you can't think of a good image. All that's required is to link back to the site.
I have a related question. What if the image is of a product? For instance, if my article mentions corsets and, to illustrate my point, I use a photo of a corset that is available from Etsy or some other Internet store and provide a source link?
Generally, Amazon will allow you to use the image on the product page as long as you link to that page with your affiliate link. Other sites such as Etsy, the copyright holder must grant you permission to use that image and proper protocol is to link back to the image source. You cannot use images you do not have permission to use. Many of us have been guilty of that so we have to be proactive in correcting the misuse.
Thanks for the clarification! I am in the process of going through my Hubs to make sure they all use images appropriately.
I couldn't find anything useful at Wikimedia Commons, but I did find a similar corset at Amazon for the article in question. It's sort of a shame -- I'd like to have given the Etsy seller some exposure / business.
Here's a link to the Learning Center entry on properly using and attributing images online. All HOD Hubs either use original or legally and properly attributed photos. Good luck!
Another question -- when reviewing something such as a movie, are you allowed to use the image of a movie poster (with crediting link)? If not, what related images would be available for use?
You probably can't use the movie poster if the original source doesn't specifically allow you to. What you can do is try to find the movie on Amazon. You can use a large image of the product so long as you are an Amazon affiliate and are selling the product on your Hub.
The short answer is NO, you are not authorized to use movie posters without first getting permission from the studio to license the image. They do not fall under the Fair Use section of copyright laws especially if your content is earning or has the potential to earn, either for you or for Hubpages.
That said, it is unlikely that a studio is going to send you a cease and desist notice for a movie review unless you are reaching thousands of visitors. So, if you do use one, be prepared to remove it if notified. You cannot link to images on other movie review sites because it is unlikely that the majority of those sites are legally using those images. The larger sites such as IMDB or RottenTomatoes license their images and are not authorized to allow linking.
You might be able to link to a movie from Amazon but for only images of movies that have been released and are included in the Amazon database, and only if you are an affiliate in their program.
Okay, thanks. I am an Amazon Affiliate, so I will try to approach such situations from that angle. It does seem ridiculous to me though that a company wouldn't want people to use its promotional poster (with credit, of course) in articles that amount to free publicity for its product.
Also, although I understand that I " cannot link to images on other movie review sites because it is unlikely that the majority of those sites are legally using those images," i don't understand why the same isn't true for YouTube videos as well. Or is there a linkage policy for YouTube that I haven't found?
Richard, one question, if I am writing a hub about past movies and using their posters through filtered search or by taking those images from wikimedia or flickr, would that be illegal? If it is, then what should I do? How can I find posters of previous movies?
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