For the blogging challenge we are in one of the things we had to do was about using images off the web and stuff like that.
When someone is looking for a image people often just go to Google. Google has a lots of images. It would be nice if you could take and use all the images on Google, but most images on Google are protected by copyright. This means, they are not free to use and you can get into trouble if you do use them without permission. Just because you can technically take and use an image it doesn’t mean it is ethical or legal. You can use Google Images advanced search filter to find images that you are allowed to use but this isn’t as simple as it seems. You need to know what the usage rights mean and how to attribute correctly.
Sometimes people think just including the source of the image is enough. However, just because you link to the source of an image, does not mean you can use it. You would need to ask the image creator for permission. Unless stated otherwise, everything on the web is protected by copyright.
I made this image using Comic Life 3 so that I didn’t have to deal with the hassle of attributing someone.
Leave a comment if you have any other ideas.