Is it illegal to use pictures from the net?
What pictures are you allowed to get from the net? Is there restrictions? Lets say I googled a celebrity's name and I pulled a picture from the image results. Can I use that picture in my hubs?
You can use any picture, but some of them are subject to copyright and infringement of such copyrights can lead to legal proceedings if the image owner feels that you are using the pictures for commercial purposes.
I used pictures of Brian May and Brian was kind enough to let me have the pictures taken free of charge, just by mentioning his website.
Gibson and Fender were also forthcoming, but others are not so free with their images, requiring a fee for images that are free of watermarks.
For others, I have accredited the source or taken the pictures myself.
In my opinion, it's best to ask.
It is important to remember that pictures are the property of the photographer. As soon as you take a picture, it is copyrighted. I am no expert on the law, however, most images on the internet are licensed. If you use the pictures in a hub, it is considered for commercial purposes. If you use a picture that is licensed, then the owner of the picture retains rights that make you liable. Here are a couple of hubs that will help:
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Legally- … -Your-Hubs
Even if it's not marked as copyrighted, a copyright may still apply...much like a copyright applies to our written work whether we actually mark it as copyrighted or not. Always ask the site owner where the picture appears if you can use that picture or you may be subject to reprimand and/or legal action, unless the terms of license are already spelled out on the site. I personally stick to Wikimedia Commons, pictures I've taken myself, and pictures that have been offered to me by acquaintances in response to requests.
You have to get permission to use someones pictures or you can go to certain sites that are for the purpose of using and sharing. You still cannot call them your own, but you list the source. Many places on the web that are for that purpose but to take a picture off of someones website is not okay. if you google photo sharing, like flicker...is it? I forget the name but just google free picture use sites and it will tell you. It's kind of like clip art but not drawings. Some clip art you have to buy and others are free. Pictures are a bit different especially of people or companies, but plenty of places are there for the purpose to be able to use and just list the source.
It is best to use your own photo but there are also photos available on the net that is not subject to copyright and convenient to use with permission, just to be sure...
Photographs are subject to copyright in the same way that an article is owned by the author. So you have to seek permission from the owner to reproduce the photograph.
Alternatively seek out websites which expressly permit you to publish photographs. However read the terms of any licence given as there may be restrictions.
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