Copyright violation: Care in selecting free images from various API's

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many places around allow you the option of adding an image from their resources.
Often these are feeds from Flickr or wherever. The implication is that they are Royalty Free and free to use or that they are in the public domain

I have been using such images on a site Proprofs.com. I received an email from Proprofs instructing me to remove an image and I also received a copied email from those who owned the image warning me. Of course I removed the image immediately and sent an email to both.

I am in violation of Copyright. My message is don't presume that anything published or available for free publication is public domain. Check and if still not stated explicitly then my advice would be not to use it.
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Alex

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thanks for that peter,

im gonna be more carfefull with images,

alex
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KanThaiDecor

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Here is one site that deals with this....You can check out their library and know what images are free to use and to what degree...http://www.gettyimages.com/
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Thank you much Peter, as well as John. I will check out the links. This is something I am nervous about as many images I have are not my own. I want them all to be my photos but I just don't get to travel enough to get those shots.

Thank you both, again, I appreciate finding this when I did a "topic" search. Denise
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You should always be wary of sites that offer photos from public sites such as Flickr, for the user makes his gallery public but does not give consent for third party use.

Alternatively photos does not have to be public domain for you to use them on your site, but can be royalty free stock photos, istockphotos.com, where you can make a once of payment for a specific use or free stock photos websites where the actual photographer gives you right to use the images, but not sell or share them yourself, with terms that are usually very specific, just google 'free stock photos'. Always make sure the photographer gives consent for the use of his images and read the terms of use.
For an example of free stock photo website you can have a look at my new website http://ai-ya.yolasite.com.

Hope the info is helpfull.
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tremendously helpful Ai-Ya, thank you soooooooo much! Denise
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Hi Denise....Just be aware that many times there are conditions on free use ....Some state free use as on non commercial sites only....some require a credit to the image owner or sometimes a link back to them....I think you will find all you need just keep your eyes open and you will be fine.
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Thank you again John, really appreciate all your info for me to use. I so hope I can get most of my own photos up but I just can't get to all parts of Oregon to do that.

denise;)
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I was first, or was I?
My name is Kent, so I have a copywrite to it- or do I? Who was the first, or more important, who was the first to make a copywrite! it is not usually the first person to do so, but the person that made a copywrite, even they did not make it! I work with a simulator program where many worry about name copywrites, yet most companies are too big to worry about a little game image. Accually if the name is displayed, they are gettting free advertising! Who is to say they were the first to coin the name Google? Sure wasn't who you think it was! this name was around decades before the company! IE: "she googled at him the whole dance." Yet all you can find today is about the latter company began in January 1996, yet the term started in the 50s! When i make am image of a historic subject, it is still my creation, even I use thier name on it or design mine around thier images, it is till my creations! When an artist paints an image of a country meadow with birds and little animals running around, do they have to justify the copywrite to GOD? Or was it acually a creation from thier own talent to express this beauty! So, who was first to make your viewpoint?
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In the USA the moment a person creates something in a tangible form they own the copyrights.....Google is something they did come up with as a misspelling of.....googol which is a 1 followed by 100 zeros