Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Sep 12, 2017
Online Image Dangers
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I have posted in the past about the risky use of images you randomly find online to use on your website or blog and it still continues to be a topic of feedback.
It is clear to me that many people still don’t realize that they are violating a copyright when they post 'public' images on their website.
To avoid getting caught up in a costly legal situation, make it a point to review all the images you have posted on websites or blogs.
If you're not sure where they came from, I would suggest you delete them and replace them with images that will not put you in harm’s way.
Services like Getty Images have opened up large libraries with images that you can use to embed on your site free of charge, as long as you follow their guidelines.
Another option is to look for images that fall under the 'Creative Commons' license which essentially means that image owners have allowed you to use their images for free under certain conditions & uses.
To play it safe, you can purchase images at sites like BigStockPhoto.com for a couple of dollars each.
Taking image copyrights for granted will cost you thousands of dollars per image if you're caught, so don't take it lightly...the link to my advice column on image usage is posted at DataDoctors.com/radio