Is it legal to use Google images for hubs?

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  1. rajan jolly profile image93
    rajan jollyposted 12 years ago

    Is it legal to use Google images for hubs?

  2. Cliff Mendrez profile image89
    Cliff Mendrezposted 12 years ago

    Not all can be used legally. You can use google advanced image search to search for images that are labeled for reuse. It is much better though to just look for sites offering images for free such as Wikimedia Commons, Flickr Creative Commons and Stockxchng.

  3. everymom profile image71
    everymomposted 12 years ago

    I completely agree with Cliff Mendrez. I tend to use Flickr a lot, and occasionally buy stock photos from You should also review the different Commons licenses; all require attribution but some are not for use for commercial purposes (and, in my opinion, HubPages is not just an avocation but also a commercial enterprise for authors).

  4. CloudExplorer profile image76
    CloudExplorerposted 12 years ago

    Nope you should refrain from using Google images here, mostly because it's going to impose or infringe on that of the original authors ownership of such content, especially if they have a copyright.
    Just because its on google doesn't make it free, you need to click the image top see the source of the originator, then ask for permission as well as provide a link to them.

  5. maxravi profile image42
    maxraviposted 12 years ago

    My answer will be no, until there is no copyright notice and then we can use them.

  6. patbess profile image57
    patbessposted 12 years ago

    I would think no also. I would definitely not take the risk of going against a big company like Google with all their billions of dollars and big legal team.

  7. J.S.Matthew profile image81
    J.S.Matthewposted 12 years ago

    Hello Rajan!

    Image use on HubPages is a tricky thing. You are not allowed to use any images that you don't have the legal right to use or permission to use. As some have mentioned, there are many sites that allow you to use images from their database for free or for a small royalty fee. Check out these links from the Learning Center that explain a little more about legal image use: and The last link is a video.

    I hope that this helps!


  8. Cardisa profile image88
    Cardisaposted 12 years ago

    You have to make sure you are not infringing on the owner's copyright. Go to the website for the image and find out if it okay to use. Sometimes, the image URL will tell you if it is free and it is very important to name the source and place the source URL to give credit to the owner.

    1. lifetips123 profile image56
      lifetips123posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      how could i know from the image that it is free or not or if it is copyrighted? Whichever image i take from google, it is showing in the right  side that "it is copy righted"

    2. Cardisa profile image88
      Cardisaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The best way to know if the image from Google is share alike or free to use is using the Creative Commons search. The image file page when clicked should display the copyright info.


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