Copyrighted Images

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  1. OrangeCast profile image65
    OrangeCastposted 15 years ago

    Another question regarding HubPages protocal and general legalities...

    How do we know if an image is copyrighted?  Is it imperative that we use sites like or use only our own pictures, or can we include pictures saved or linked from, for instance, a google image search?  This seems like an issue that could easily be overlooked but lead to problems with hubscore and more.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

    1. SunSeven profile image62
      SunSevenposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Feel free to use my free photos here at HP if it suits your hubs and topics smile

  2. patnamohan profile image58
    patnamohanposted 15 years ago

    Your text content should be fresh & from your brain.I think, you can take photo from anywhere. because...writer does`n`t have skill of photography. Dual skilled people are rare. So write fresh content but don`t care about photo.


    1. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That's not true!  In fact, you should assume most photographs are copyright unless otherwise stated.  Remember, you would be upset if someone copied and used your writing without permission - think how the photographer would feel.

      You can use images from Flickr (do an Advanced Search and tick Creative Commons and "for commercial use").  You just have to include a link to the photographer's photostream in your article (I usually put it at the end of the article).  Search through the forums and you'll find plenty of other suggestions for places to find photos.

    2. SweetiePie profile image82
      SweetiePieposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Why do you assume that writers do not also have the ability to take pictures smile?  I have seen several hubs written by writers that also took beautiful pictures.  My pictures may not be the highest quality, but I often use my own because it helps to make a particular hub unique.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image87
        Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Very true, SweetiePie.

      2. Bard of Ely profile image81
        Bard of Elyposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, indeed, because I am a hubber who nearly always tries to use my own photos!

    3. Misha profile image63
      Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      So you mean you are trying to make some money showing stolen pics? And advise others to do the same? Bad advice, I agree to Rochelle.

  3. Squimpleton profile image87
    Squimpletonposted 15 years ago

    Try using Allposters. You can put the pics online. Best part is that if you include an affiliate link (like under the picture), you can earn a commission if someone buys the real-life poster. also has a commission program where you can use their pics.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image87
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Having read their terms and conditions - no, you can't put their pics online.  They are copyright by the photographer or artist.  The pictures are there so you can buy them. 

      You can ONLY use the pics if you sign up as an affiliate, and then you must use their links - which as far as I could see, were more like the eBay and Amazon capsules we use here.  There doesn't seem to be an option to use a full-size image, unless I'm missing something.  And the terms and conditions say you're not allowed to modify the HTML. 

      Might be an option for other websites but obviously won't work for HP.

  4. jim10 profile image66
    jim10posted 15 years ago

    The and idea sounds great.

    Thanks Squimpleton.

  5. dineane profile image80
    dineaneposted 15 years ago

    I'm sorry, What??? I've heard of a "backward compliment," is that a backward critisism?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image90
      Rochelle Frankposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Photos and artworks are copyrighted, just as  written work is. Photographers expect  and deserve the same rights and protections as writers do.

      Attribution is usually expected even if permission is granted for free use. Writers need to respect those who make them look good, and attract attention to their work.

      If you had written a nice little story or poem, would you expect that someone could just attach it to a photo they had taken to sell as a poster? . . . or  use it as a photo essay with some enhancing (your) text?

      "Your text content should be fresh & from your brain.I think, you can take photo from anywhere. because...writer does`n`t have skill of photography. Dual skilled people are rare. So write fresh content but don`t care about photo.


      So you think it is fine to 'enjoy' someone else's work without  payment or their their permission?  I would be careful about this... oboth to be respectful and polite AND to prevent legal troubles. There are plenty of free  and public domain sources, and other ways to create your own graphic images.

  6. Squimpleton profile image87
    Squimpletonposted 15 years ago

    Well I meant as an affiliate but oh well, too bad, 'cuz it really is a cool thing to do.

    Guess it's back to self-made pics and those from free pics sites for now..

  7. topstuff profile image61
    topstuffposted 15 years ago

    No copyright issue,no need to include any link to the source

    1. profile image0
      Hovalisposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      This is the site I use most often, too. There are some fantastic pictures there, and the fact that there are no copyright issues seals it for me. smile

  8. patnamohan profile image58
    patnamohanposted 15 years ago

    Hey Man!!!!

    Hahahaha!!! You are so reactive!!!! Ultimately, you reacted. My mean was bit different!! I do understand that photo is copyrighted.
    anyway hahahahahahahahhaha!!!!!!!

    Some expert says,to check up attentiveness & awareness of people, you just say see how people behave.

    I am sorry for that.

    Best of Luck!!!

  9. DonnaCSmith profile image82
    DonnaCSmithposted 15 years ago

    If you didn't take the photo its not yours to use unless someone gives you permission to use their photo. AND, even if you took the photo, in many cases you cannot use it without the permission from the people in the photo or the people who own the propert yin the photo. (a model release) For example, I have written permission from the horse owners to publish my photos of their horses.

    I have written and photographed two books, so like Ely says, no reason we can't do both;o)

  10. sylvana profile image60
    sylvanaposted 15 years ago

    I too, like to use all my own pics. Then you never have that worry in the back of your mind, that some day, someone will contact you and say "HEY! That's mine, and you're now in the poo." Not to mention the negative karma effects that inevitably come with stealing (!)


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