Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla
Be extremely careful when using images on websites or blogs. You can get hit with insane demands for payments or sued for up to $155,000.
As I was resurrecting my blogs, the issue of the rights to images arose. There is no problem with images I took or images inherited from my parents. HOWEVER, using any other images must be done with extreme caution.
There are numerous examples of bloggers and designers getting hit with bankruptcy inducing fines such as this article on contactfac.com. They got hit for $8000 for a ‘crappy skyline photo’ that they didn’t realize was copyrighted. Total visits to that page, verified through Google Analytics was less than 100. In other words a huge nothingburger. Other people have been similarly hit for having an image on a site with less than 10 lifetime visits.
One of the causes of this is what are known as ‘copyright trolls’. The scam works like this:
Our post on Google’s search by image feature will give you a good idea of how easily images can be found on the internet.
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