Is it illegal to use pictures from the net?

Jump to Last Post 1-8 of 8 discussions (8 posts)
  1. TwO1FouR profile image57
    TwO1FouRposted 8 years ago

    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?

  2. Nick B profile image78
    Nick Bposted 8 years ago

    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.

  3. SteveoMc profile image71
    SteveoMcposted 8 years ago

    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: … -Your-Hubs

  4. urs_dipak profile image58
    urs_dipakposted 8 years ago

    It is illegal if they are mark copywrite otherwise not.

  5. wychic profile image86
    wychicposted 8 years ago

    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.

  6. Lifeallstar1 profile image58
    Lifeallstar1posted 8 years ago

    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 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.

  7. Veianet profile image60
    Veianetposted 7 years ago

    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...

  8. Lawessay profile image58
    Lawessayposted 7 years ago

    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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)