Can we use photos of products from Internet ads?

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  1. brakel2 profile image76
    brakel2posted 8 years ago

    If I write an article comparing skin products, can I use photos of the products from the internet website such as Lancome or Chanel? Are these photos in the public domain?

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    That is a good question. I know you can use pictures of book covers if you write a review. I don't know about other products.

  3. darkside profile image78
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Take this with a grain of salt, but it's really a gray area.

    I've occasionally used images from Amazon, when I've had the item in an Amazon capsule. I don't think either Amazon or the product manufacturer is going to have a problem with that, as I'm trying to sell the product.

    If however you grabbed an image of a product and then gave it a negative review, the manufacturer or distributor might be within their legal right to ask you to remove the image due to it being a copyright infringement.

    1. brakel2 profile image76
      brakel2posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The photos that I would use are the ones that I would be recommending, so maybe it would not be a problem. I think it is a gray area. Thank you.

      1. darkside profile image78
        darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think it would ever be a problem. The worst that could happen is they ask you to remove them, which would be a very dumb move on their part. It's not like they'll drag you to court and sue you for trying to sell their product.

  4. lender3212000 profile image71
    lender3212000posted 8 years ago

    Your best bet for images is to either use stock photos. Istock and Shutterstock are both good and very inexpensive. If you own the product you are reviewing, you can always take your own photo and use that. Probably a better idea than just grabbing whatever is out there.

  5. Misha profile image69
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    I use them , when I sell this product. smile

  6. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Yeah, like...don't they want to sell their products?

  7. brakel2 profile image76
    brakel2posted 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the help.

  8. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    A lot of companies release product photos in a press/media section of their sites:

    some examples: … rands.html



    iPad page -


    - As previously stated - in most cases the generic product images are part of media packs -some  Amazon sellers may have custom images for their stores which wouldnt be fair game,

    others: … index.html

    You can find these images easily with "Brand" product press photos

  9. DonnaCSmith profile image88
    DonnaCSmithposted 8 years ago

    I usually either email the company and ask for photos like in my wheelbarrow article

    or look for it in Amazon and use their link, and of course take my own pictures.


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