Sharing Images Online: What’s Allowed and What Will Get You In Trouble

Website owners can get a very hefty fine if image usage guidelines are not followed. It’s not uncommon for an owner to get a $1200 fine for one image used without permission.

Sharing Images Online: What’s Allowed and What Will Get You In Trouble

Most people don’t know better, so they find images online and post them on their website without even knowing there are rules to follow. For your education, these are the guidelines:

You can either:
– Post an image you personally took, since you own the rights to it
– Post an image you bought the rights to, such as on istockphoto.com
– Post an image and give proper credit rights to the owner, such as on Flickr.com

Even on the 3rd instance, you should read the website’s Terms of Use policy to make sure you can still post an image and give credit, or if this is still in violation of their terms.

It’s usually best to use your own imagery or buy the rights to a photo and use that.

Photo credit: Pinterest.com

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