Is it ok to use google images

Profile picture of the author yves by yves Posted: 02/07/2009
Hi there

I'm still in the early stages of learning IM. I heard that it is a good idea to use relevent images on your site. I was just wondering if it is ok to use google images or are they copyright. What I mean is could I just lift an image after searching in google images and place it on my site?

Hope that makes sense :rolleyes:

Regards
#google #images

  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    AverageGuy
    google images are just images on internet. MOST of them are copyrighted, you can not use them without paying or permission. acrually, as far as I know, many people had to pay the penalty, such as $3000/image, simply because you used copyrighted images on their website.

    there are some public domain image database online, search google, make sure they are in public domain. you can use these for anything, usually.


    david
  • Profile picture of the author yves
    yves
    David, Thankyou for your reply. That was very helpful, had a feeling that might be the case.

    Regards.
  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Dave777
    Here's the thread you need to carefully read and follow! Definitely a nice little money maker if applied correctly as directed...
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...s-mistake.html

    Dave
  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    AverageGuy
    well, correct me if I'm wrong, legally, can you do this? just copy/paste google images to your sites?

    good luck


    david

    Originally Posted by Dave777 View Post
    Here's the thread you need to carefully read and follow! Definitely a nice little money maker if applied correctly as directed...
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...s-mistake.html

    Dave
  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Dave777
    Originally Posted by AverageGuy View Post
    well, correct me if I'm wrong, legally, can you do this? just copy/paste google images to your sites?

    good luck


    david
    There isn't a blanket yes/no answer on this one as Google images fall into many different categories and situations, therefore it's important to carefully read the thread I posted. Definetely an excellent read if you put your brainstormers on...

    Dave
  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    rosetrees
    I use images on many of my sites and many of them are listed in Google images. Most are photos I have taken myself. They aren't meant for others to use.

    If you want to use images, my advice is design/make/photograph your own. Having said that, I sometimes use images from Mic**soft clip art.
  • Profile picture of the author Ramage
    Ramage
    Doubt it if you want to avoid any troubles. Try the Creative Commons search where you can search for images licensed under the creative commons allowing you to use it on your sites.
  • Profile picture of the author BlueJam
    BlueJam
    Google images doesn't mean a thing, an image is either under copyright or it isn't. If it is under copyright you can't use it.
  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    JohnMcCabe
    Flickr also has a search option for Creative Commons licensing. Many of the photos there are licensed for attribution.
  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Jonathan 2.0
    Yeah you can't use images from Google because they're copyrighted. However you can always add "royalty free" to your search query. Sometimes you can use them straight away and sometimes you'll have to pay for them.
  • Profile picture of the author Wide Eyed Concepts
    Wide Eyed Concepts
    So I have a question then about these "copyrighted images" that you will find on Google.

    If that's the case, why can Google place them on their website legally? I mean what gives them the copyright permission to place it on there?
  • Profile picture of the author rahulc123
    rahulc123
    I expect those things can be used.

    Rahul
  • Profile picture of the author rahulc123
    rahulc123
    But the images from sites which are copyrighted. it won't be a good idea to copy.

    Rahul
  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Jonathan 2.0
    Originally Posted by YoYoPro View Post
    So I have a question then about these "copyrighted images" that you will find on Google.

    If that's the case, why can Google place them on their website legally? I mean what gives them the copyright permission to place it on there?
    I don't know. But you still can't use them because most of them are private or copyrighted.
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Kay King
    As google is a search engine and images put online are available for display in search engines - it's just a different search type for google to display images.

    Those images are all clickable to the owners site - not to google itself.

    If google displayed those images and clicking them went to a money maker for google - that would be similar to what marketers want to do. Not the same.

    kay
  • Profile picture of the author mistertortoise
    mistertortoise
    There's plenty of stock photo sites out there that give you free images you can use on your site. No need to use google images afaic, and better to be safe than sorry

    Just Google "free stock photographs" and you should find something useful.

    ric
  • Profile picture of the author LB
    LB
    istockphoto.com

    You can get royalty-free images there for as low as $1 each. They also have various license agreements that allow you to do different things with the images as well.
  • Profile picture of the author KonaGirl
    KonaGirl
    If you find an image through Google image search that you would like to use, follow it back to the original site it was gleaned from. Get the contact information for the owner of the site and either call them or send a nice email asking for their permission to use their image.

    Send them a link to the site that you want to put the image on. Explain that the image will be clickable with a link back to their site which will be free advertising for them.

    These are the 4 responses I have gotten when doing the same:

    1. No way. Take it off your site
    2. Sure go ahead.
    3. You can use it as long as you pay me $xx and have a caption giving me credit for the image with a link back to my site. (Contact must be set up for both parties)
    4. No response at all - in which case you do not have permission, so it is best not to use it.

    Before going through this hassle, as it does take time waiting for a response, if you do indeed receive one, use a royalty free image site.

    Hope this helps.
  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    GuruGazette
    Images indexed in Google are a form of promotion for the photographer or artist.

    Think of it this way: When you write an article to promote a website or product, you're hoping (and trying usually) to get that article noticed in Google and other search engines. By getting it ranked well and noticed, Google will likely send lots of traffic to the website and/or product you're trying to promote.

    Getting your article indexed in Google does not automatically make that article copyright free and/or free for the taking and using by anyone who wants to, right? Hopefully everybody knows this by now - That article is still copyrighted by you and it is illegal for someone to simply copy and paste it to their own sites/materials.

    The same applies to images. Google indexes and organizes them just like they do websites and articles. The photographer or artist who created the images allow Google to do this because it's a form of promotion for them.

    There are plenty of people online who just want to share their work, skills, knowledge or talents - writers and website/blog builders as well as people who draw, paint, photograph and so on. In those cases the people who create the materials may not care who uses it or how.

    There are others however, who do these things for a living. They write articles, books, websites and so on as a way to earn money. And the SAME thing applies to artists - photographers, painters, etc create these things to earn money from them. These items are actually their PRODUCTS that get sold.

    So just taking images from the Google image search area could mean you're stealing someone's products and livelihood.

    Since Google does not actually own the content itself (text or images) they cannot give you permission to use anything in any given way. They can only tell you "we found this here, go take a look". The owner of the content - again text or images - is the only person who can tell you if you're allowed to use that content, and how.

    Hope that helps a bit,
    Kathy
  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    GuruGazette
    And to be on the safe side, since this is often mis-understood: Royalty Free is NOT the same thing as free.

    A royalty is an ongoing payment. If you're familiar with residual affiliate programs, the concept is the same: You continue getting additional payments based on either a time span or number of uses.

    Timespan royalties are like monthly or yearly subscriptions - a person has to continue paying each month or each year in order to keep the service.

    A usage royalty limits how many places or times you can use a given license for something. You see this with some types of software: You buy a license that allows you to use the software on just ONE computer or ONE website. If you want to use it on additional computers or sites, you have to pay additional licensing fees.

    Royalty based photo/image/artwork fees are the same. You have to pay additional money to use it in additional places or ways.

    Royalty free means you only pay for the image once. You still have to pay for it though. That one time payment gives you the license to use it as often as you'd like, and/or in as many ways as you'd like. Sometimes there are restrictions or limitations and sometimes there aren't, but the point is you still have to pay for a license to use the image. It's not free of cost, it's just free of future payments and costs.

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