150,000 reasons NOT to use Google Images.

by VegasGreg 54 replies
I have seen in so many posts here and in ebooks/reports sold here (and everywhere) tips for finding images to use for your sites and ebooks.

The tip is to just do a Google Image search and use whatever images you want to use. Or to use their advanced image search and click the commercial use button.

I also see many "auto-blogging" software platforms that scrape Google images for automatic insertion of images to your blog.

Well, just so you know, DON'T DO IT!! Most of these images are protected under copyright and you do NOT have the legal right to use them. It doesn't matter if you click a search filter or not, it depends on where the images are and who they actually belong to. And they don't belong to Google.

Here is the latest article showing the amount of lawsuits filed from a recent photo floating around the internet.

New round of Righthaven suits over 'TSA pat-down' photo prompts surprise - Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 | 2 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

Several quotes mention that the blog owners just did a quick search on Google Images and used the photo. Saying they do it all the time and have never had a problem.

Well, they are now being sued for $150,000.

So next time you need another image for your site, consider paying the $1 - $5 for a licensed copy instead of just scraping the web. If you use an 'auto-blogger' software that scrapes content and images for you, you may want to reconsider the settings.
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  • Profile picture of the author majidmaskat
    WOW that is terrifying, but isn't Google images a public innovation?
    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Google is set to call up any and all images that fit the keyword description. It doesn't differentiate between public domain and copyright images unless you specify that in your search. You hear all the time of people who had their images "stolen" by web designers.

      If you have a photo on your site that fits the description, Google will list it along with the others it finds.

      Even public domain images are not guaranteed to be copyright free. You have to do your homework to be certain. That means tracking down who might hold the copyright and asking permission.

      This practice of just taking images wherever they are found is very common indeed. People see no problem with that, because they do not understand - what you find online is not a free-for-all.

      Thank you, Greg, for posting this. Maybe it will open some eyes, although it's not the first time this topic has been discussed here. If people are still not convinced, they can run a search for those other threads.

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    • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
      Originally Posted by majidmaskat View Post

      WOW that is terrifying, but isn't Google images a public innovation?
      What do you mean by public innovation?
    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by majidmaskat View Post

      WOW that is terrifying, but isn't Google images a public innovation?
      no, you see most people do not know how to protect their image directory on their webserver...

      and there are a couple of ways to do that so your copyrighted images do not end up on Google images:

      1) put a blank index.html file in your images directory
      2) create a robots.txt file in notepad and add this:
      User-agent: *
      Disallow: /images/
      Upload the robot.tx file and place it in your web server's root directory


      the first ones blocks anyone from browsing your images directory. The second one blocks any bots from indexing your images
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  • Profile picture of the author JackPowers
    Well yeah, I would wager that a lot of people have been guilty of this at some point. Some people also consider hotlinking stealing (I don't).

    I buy most my images from Istockphoto and while it does add an extra $20 or so for the initial website, the images look ten times better than those you would find in Google Images. Not to mention that you can literally find a professional grade photo of ANYTHING you need. The rest of my images I get from Wikimedia Commons or Flickr and use their attribution system.
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    • Profile picture of the author DawnMarie
      Originally Posted by JackPowers View Post

      I buy most my images from Istockphoto...
      Just wondering what other photo sites Warrior members recommend? There are so many... which are the best/easiest to work with/least expensive?

      Thanks in advance!
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      Originally Posted by JackPowers View Post

      Some people also consider hotlinking stealing (I don't).
      You might change your mind about that if you ever find yourself paying additional fees for excessive bandwidth because some "bandwidth thieves" decided to hotlink images from your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by JackPowers View Post

      Some people also consider hotlinking stealing (I don't).
      it is indeed stealing! and it is why you can set up hotlink protection on webservers via cpanel

      hotlinking is stealing bandwidth. Period!
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  • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
    The point of Google images is to SEE images, not to use them. Either pay for stock images, or (even better!) just make your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author interestingindeed
    Definitely not worth it, especially with istock photos starting at only a buck!
    Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

    I have seen in so many posts here and in ebooks/reports sold here (and everywhere) tips for finding images to use for your sites and ebooks.

    The tip is to just do a Google Image search and use whatever images you want to use. Or to use their advanced image search and click the commercial use button.

    I also see many "auto-blogging" software platforms that scrape Google images for automatic insertion of images to your blog.

    Well, just so you know, DON'T DO IT!! Most of these images are protected under copyright and you do NOT have the legal right to use them. It doesn't matter if you click a search filter or not, it depends on where the images are and who they actually belong to. And they don't belong to Google.

    Here is the latest article showing the amount of lawsuits filed from a recent photo floating around the internet.

    New round of Righthaven suits over 'TSA pat-down' photo prompts surprise - Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 | 2 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun

    Several quotes mention that the blog owners just did a quick search on Google Images and used the photo. Saying they do it all the time and have never had a problem.

    Well, they are now being sued for $150,000.

    So next time you need another image for your site, consider paying the $1 - $5 for a licensed copy instead of just scraping the web. If you use an 'auto-blogger' software that scrapes content and images for you, you may want to reconsider the settings.
  • Profile picture of the author JunTeh
    I was worried about using pictures from google images, thanks for clarifying that!
  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    Wow!! that is a lot of fine, I don't want to be in that position ever. And I hope I don't get there. Well thanks for sharing that piece of information. It was worth the the frightening effect.

    Now I am afraid.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmorris18
    Wow , some great information to think about before using images for Google News etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
      Originally Posted by jmorris18 View Post

      Wow , some great information to think about before using images for Google News etc.
      There's a thread on here about Getty Images suing people as well over copyright issues to photos. It's something to be careful about for sure.

      If you seriously want free images then make sure you add 'creative commons' to the search string - AND READ THE COPYRIGHT CONDITIONS. Some images available with creative commons are freely available - some you have to credit the photographer. Some you have to email and ask the photographer.

      In most countries IGNORANCE is no defence in the eyes of the law.
  • Profile picture of the author Jack Duncan
    Why is Google exempt? Is Google a for profit site? Yes. Are they benefiting from using other business' images? Yes. Do they pull the image from other people's servers? Yes. Why are they exempt?
    They are certainly not exempt...they just have the 150K+++++ to hire better attorneys and drain the plaintiff dry.

    See this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...086087404.html
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  • Profile picture of the author clarajones10
    Its really a good thing, every one to get copy rights on images they are using, but some times we couldn't find who is the correct person, so my suggestion is Google images can alert us saying, copyrighted image contact webmaster, when we like to copy the pictures.
  • Profile picture of the author Jack Duncan
    clarajones10,
    You can actually find commercially free reusable images now...

    Under advanced image search, select only images that allow commercial reuse.





    All the best,
    Jack Duncan

    P.S. It's still a good idea to follow the image all the way to the source and check specific licensing on the page though. It's not a perfect solution.
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