they say it must be public domain images.
some people take the pictures from the net and edit them first before re-publishing them.
They don't have to be public domain images. They can be images that are licensed under Creative Commons. There are a couple of different kinds of CC licences - you want the one that allows commercial use.
You can't just take a photo, edit it and call it your own. That's still breaching copyright. Once again, there is a Creative Commons license that allows you to edit or alter photos.
For Creative Commons, you have to thank the original photographer in your Hub and include a link to his/her website (e.g. Flickr).
There are also a few photo sites which specialise in free photos, they all have their own terms and conditions. Watch out for a couple of things:
- a "royalty-free" photo isn't free, you have to buy it first then you can use it as often as you like without paying royalties.
- don't use Photobucket. Most of the photos on Photobucket have been copied illegally by Photobucket members.
Works prepared by federal government officers and employees as part of their official duties are not protected by copyright. Consequently, federal statutes (the Copyright Act, for example) and regulations are not protected by copyright
anyways as far as "editing" goes... (this is US law, but I believe Hubs operates as a US company so its user partners would be beholden to it
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by Mary Hyatt 3 years ago
I see Hubs where beautiful photos are used and are from Pinterest. The photos are usually credited as being from Pins. Are we allowed to use those photos??
by Mary Hyatt 6 years ago
If I can't do my own photography, I go to great lenths to credit the source I've used, but I have noticed that some of best Hubbers use a photograph with no credit, then there are others who go to a lot of trouble and time to make sure their photos are credited. Is there something I don't...
by Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago
Regarding the latest newsletter about incorrectly crediting images, is it suggested that we take down all images that are not copyrighted or cites "google images" or "microsoft images." Should we, who are guilty, expect a violation email soon? Or worse, get idled?
by Rose West 8 years ago
Has anyone ever run into copyright issues using images from photobucket? I like the selection at photobucket, but it seems like people post a lot of photos they probably do not own. I like using photobucket, but there's this thought in the back of my mind wondering if I've stolen someone's photo...
by World Religion 5 years ago
Correct. Easily noticeable marking, signing or watermarking of your photos in any way is not permitted.If you upload unoriginal photos make sure they are copyright free or available under creative commons.
by David Hunt 5 years ago
How do websites get away with attaching rights to images that were/are in the public domain?I've seen images on various websites that have "rights reserved" or "licensing required" and yet some are public domain images in WikimediaCommons. There are also images that I suspect...
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