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Old 04-27-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Someone sent me a message through the contact form at my Squidoo account, telling me that:

“To whom it may concern, You are using my copyrighted work/image (here he explains which image it is) on your squidoo account without any permeation* or credit. You may still use the image with a credit link back to its original source at http://www.hiswebsite. Otherwise please remove the image from your websites/social channels. Thank you,”

* I guess he meant ‘permission’.

I found this image at Google images in 2009 and I used it in a Squidoo lens at that period of time.

I don't believe that the person who sent me this message today is the real owner of this image.

On the other hand, I saw the image of one of my ebook covers at Google images being exposed as a free image, while I had paid for it in 2008 with the intention to have it exclusively for my ebook cover.

I think that there is nothing you can do about this matter.

I believe that the person who sent me this message is only trying to promote his site by saying that he is the owner of this image and obliging those who are using it to link back to his site.

What do you think about that?


Editing: As a coincidence, exactly when I was writing this message here I received another message from the same person, after answering his message and saying that I don't believe that he is the real owner of this image:


“I will not prove it to you if I am the owner of that image or not. I will simply contact Squidoo and open a DMCA case. I first sent you a friendly email. Looks like it did not help. Next move is taking actions.”











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* I guess he meant ‘permission’.
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I found this image at Google images in 2009

Why? If you don't own the copyright, someone else does? It's not ok to take photos from "Google Images" unless permission (or, in his case, permeation) is granted.

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I don't believe that the person who sent me this message today is the real owner of this image.

Why not? You're not the copyright owner, so why shouldn't he be?

I've seen posts from people who've actually been sued for doing this, and had to pay damages and legal costs. Please excuse my possibly sounding "unsympathetic" (not my intention!) but taking and using random images from Google Images, which don't specify that you can, is very risky, and clearly not lawful.

You were also breaking Squidoo's TOS, but that's another matter.

You can ask him to prove he owns the copyright, if you want to, but I wouldn't take on a chance on it changing his attitude adversely, myself: I'd just immediately give him the credit he asks for, and think I'd been lucky that the copyright didn't turn out to belong to Getty Images or somone whose correspondence with you might have started off with a bill for $5,000. Yes, that really does happen.

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On the other hand, I saw the image of one of my ebook covers at Google images being exposed as a free image, while I had paid for it in 2008 with the intention to have it exclusively for my ebook cover.
This is another matter altogether, but doesn't make it ok for you to have taken a photo from Google Images.

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I think that there is nothing you can do about this matter.

I can't advise you about your own image, which you paid for in 2008, but I promise you that if you take random photos from Google Images and just use them without the copyright owner's permission, you can get into real trouble.

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Hm, he may or may not be the actual owner, but it probably isn't worth getting into DMCA problems if he actually is. It's not a huge deal to link back to his site and give him credit though.

You could try doing a reverse image lookup using something like tineye to find out where the image originally came from.
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clever7, if you don't own the image, and don't know who does, why not remove it?

You said: "I found this image at Google images in 2009 and I used it in a Squidoo lens at that period of time."

Did you use an image without knowing who owned the rights? If it wasn't tagged Creative Commons, or public domain, just using an image without making sure that you have the rights to do so is dangerous, because sooner or later it will catch up with you.

Re your own image; if you own the rights, you can ask anyone who's using it without your permission to remove it.

Most images on Google Images are copyrighted. If you want images which you can use, do a Flickr search for Creative Commons images, or use an image search tool like Photo Pin : Free Photos for Bloggers via Creative Commons

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No question remove the image yesterday if not sooner and save yourself more grief than you can afford.

If you can't establish beyond a preponderance of evidence your right to use it you will lose.

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Thank you for your answers!

I don’t have time or interest to care about who is the image’s owner. I just believed that I was a victim of someone who tried to use the false claim that he is the owner of the image I’m using only to make me post a link back to his site. I believed it was a dirty marketing trick.

So, I should simply link back to his website without caring for justice because in the end I can get into trouble?

How interesting…

I didn't know I shouldn't use Google images. They were suggested by many Warriors in various threads in the past.

There are numerous places to find free images online.

I can simply remove the picture, which is what I will do. I will use another, better picture.

This is the best solution, I guess.

Where do you think I can find the best free images without problems? I have a long list of sites… where should I begin?


I will try Angela’s suggestion, thank you!


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I'd just pull the image and (mentally, under my breath) tell him where to stick it.

If you're worried about the link out, just tag it as rel=noindex,nofollow. If someone wants to see the page you're linking to, make it open in a new tab or window.

Peronally, I'd just change the image and be done with it.

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Actually, Google DOES include images that you can use - but you need to look for images that can specifically be used on your website, and you'll discover the number of them shrinks shockingly if you do.

Personally, I like to just buy my images. It's safer, and I have proof that they're legit.

My favorite place to purchase them (because they have great terms of service and pretty much the best prices around) is Fotalia.com

Just make sure you check the rights for the images you buy - get the ones that have the normal rights and stay away from "editorial" rights. Most of them are the normal kind. Can't think of the official term right now.

And yes, I agree with everyone else here... remove that other photo or link to the guy's website. THEN you can investigate if you wish...

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The number of people using - and advising the use of - randomly copied images is shocking. This is the biggest copyright-related reason for us shutting down sales offers here, in fact. It's not all that unusual for folks to offer graphics packages that include photos they don't have the rights to use at all, and even including "resale rights" licenses for them.

(Bad seller. Mama nuke.)

And, of course, the "sellers" (read: pirates) whine when someone calls them on it. On the plus side, they're a lot like spammers when that happens. They go digging around the forum looking for people whose offers haven't been reported yet, and come to us with comments that sound a lot like, "That's unfair. Johnny's doing it!"

I figured out a long time ago that the surest way to get rid of a whole category of problem offers is to nuke one or two, and then open a conversation with the sellers. They'll find the rest for you, under the mistaken assumption that you won't shut down all those other paying advertisers, so you'll have to give them their ad back.

Bzzzt! Wrong. Thanks for playing, though.

Anyway... back to the original point: Do not believe anything you read about copyright in a forum where many of the posters have a vested interest in slack enforcement of same. Go to more authoritative sites, like copyright.gov, or read the Berne Convention, and work your way up from there.

While you're at it, be very careful about buying anything with resale rights unless you're getting them straight from the original creators and have strong reason to believe they're the original creators. I've seen many sites over the years selling rights to products I know with certainty they do not have any legal basis for selling.


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I removed this image.

I found better images in the end.


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Bzzzt! Wrong. Thanks for playing, though.
Love it.

To the OP...

I owned a photography studio for 38 years, and copying image has always been a problem. Fortunately several professional photography trade associations, have teams of lawyers who help go after infringers. You would not believe the amounts of money they settle for. It has put infringers completely out of business.

Do not use an image you don't own, or have purchased from someone other than the maker of the image or the stock agency with with the maker has place the image for sale.

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I removed this image.

I found better images in the end.
That was a good choice. They don't need to prove they are the owner to file a DMCA to Squidoo and Squidoo would have locked your lens without asking any questions. That's their policy when it comes to copyrighted images.

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[FONT=Verdana]I don’t have time or interest to care about who is the image’s owner.
Well if you are using that image on your website then you had better take the time to find out who the owner of that image is... and if the answer is not 'you' then it shouldn't be on your website -- unless ofcourse you have asked the correct owner for permission.

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I just believed that I was a victim of someone who tried to use the false claim that he is the owner of the image
You are using an image and you do not know who owns that image. You are not the victim here. The person whose image you used (without asking) is the victim.

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If you don't want all kinds of threats and problems, just add a reference tab somewhere small at the bottom of your website (or wherever).

You can include all references to images, articles.

I use it and hardly anyone checks it out but it allows me to use other peoples images and articles legally.

Believe me If I thought that even 1% of visitors actually checked in the reference section, I would be shocked..
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Ummm... As given, this is really, really bad advice.

Giving credit is NOT a substitute for getting permission.
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You can include all references to images, articles.

I use it and hardly anyone checks it out but it allows me to use other peoples images and articles legally.

Believe me If I thought that even 1% of visitors actually checked in the reference section, I would be shocked..

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Thanks for your explanations!

I have no intention to use anyone’s images without having the right to do so.

I would gladly post a link to the complainer’s website if I was not afraid that he is merely using this trick to make everyone post his link under interesting images that don’t belong to him.

Everyone here seems to be interested only on the copyright issue.

However, there are certain details that make me believe that we should suspect of this website owner.

Why didn't he try to prove that he is the real owner of this image but he threatened me?

He probably believed that I would be afraid of Squidoo’s rules and simply post his link, without verifying if he really is the real owner of this image.

He also misspelled the word ‘permission’.

He doesn’t look like a serious person who is saying the truth.




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I would gladly post a link to the complainer’s website if I was not afraid that he is merely using this trick to make everyone post his link under interesting images that don’t belong to him.

Claiming to own the copyrights to an image that he does not really own the copyrights to could get him in trouble. I suppose there are people foolish enough to do that IF they thought of it, but it seems unlikely. More likely is that you just got off easy.

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Claiming to own the copyrights to an image that he does not really own the copyrights to could get him in trouble. I suppose there are people foolish enough to do that IF they thought of it, but it seems unlikely. More likely is that you just got off easy.


As I can see I ignored many important truths about using images online.

I had no idea that I was in such dangerous position.

Many people use Google images in their Squidoo lenses as I verified many times. I have seen the same images being used in various lenses.

I use images from different countries, not from American websites.

I don’t know if the protection of images works better than the protection of content online.

I’ve seen many people using my articles and posting their links under them, as if they were the authors… I cannot pursue all content thieves. I simply close my eyes when I see someone using one of my articles without a link back to my website, and even worse, distorting my content with their words…

I have already written so many articles. I cannot even count. I never thought that I should waste my time pursuing content thieves.

It seems that image owners are more protected than content producers online.




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clever7 - Just to make sure I was clear...I wasn't talking about you when I said there may be some foolish enough to claim to own an image when they didn't. The difference between using an image you don't have the rights to out of ignorance of copyright laws, as you apparently did, and claiming you own the copyrights to an image you don't own, as you thought the guy who wrote to you might be doing, is huge.

In the first case, a person just doesn't know he's doing wrong. In the latter case, the person knows he's lying and making a false claim.

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Images and articles, now?! This is so wrong. It isn't a defense to a DMCA site take-down notice served on your host, and it isn't a defense to a lawsuit for damages, either. Why do so many people think it's somehow ok to steal copyright content if they "attribute"/"credit"/"link to" the original?!

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I think this is serious issue.
You think he is not the owner, but what if he IS?? Are you ready to take your chances?
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clever7 - Just to make sure I was clear...I wasn't talking about you when I said there may be some foolish enough to claim to own an image when they didn't. The difference between using an image you don't have the rights to out of ignorance of copyright laws, as you apparently did, and claiming you own the copyrights to an image you don't own, as you thought the guy who wrote to you might be doing, is huge.

In the first case, a person just doesn't know he's doing wrong. In the latter case, the person knows he's lying and making a false claim.


I understood what you said, and I was comparing the fact that it is ‘so serious’ to make a false claim that you own an image even though you are not the real owner of this image with the fact that many people pretend that they are the authors of many of the articles that I have written while they are not.

I’m sure that nothing will happen to them if I will pursue these content thieves, while the image owners seem to be in real trouble if they will make a false claim.

I couldn't imagine that it is so dangerous to pretend to be the owner of a certain image you don’t own, if I see so many people online pretending to be the authors of articles that somebody else wrote as if they had the right to do so.

This is why I concluded that this website owner is an impostor. He is not the real owner of this old picture, which I used in 2009 to create one of my first lenses. He is simply pretending to be the owner of this image to spread his links online. He does the same with many other images.

Many people make false claims online without any problem until someone may attack them for some reason and uncover the truth, or they do it forever without being found.






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Completely agree with you Alexa. I remember buying a WSO sometime back that was actually advocating using images taken from news sites on the web and saying it would be OK provided the source was acknowledged.

But to at least partly answer your question, I believe there are people who don't understand the difference between stealing the content and making use of it under the 'fair use' provisions of some administrations.

Further, there are also people who don't understand that 'fair use' does not apply to all countries. And - one last consideration - there are countries that do not subscribe to the Berne Convention, in which - to all intents and purposes - copyright is an apparently alien concept.

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To be honest, I think you're lucky to get away with just a request for a back-link. If it had been an image owned by one of the big stock photo companies that you had used without permission then it WOULD cost you money. I know - I've been there.

Long story from some years ago, but I genuinely and honestly thought I had permission from a third party to use an image. Some stock photo companies use bots to trawl the net looking for images that have not been purchased from them. When my image was discovered by the bot, I received legal papers demanding hundreds of dollars in payment FOR JUST ONE IMAGE.

The bottom line is that the legal papers issued are rock solid. These people know what they are doing. No ifs and no buts, no requests to remove images and no DMCA - just pay up or go to court. After protracted correspondence with the company, I did eventually settle for a reduced 'fine', but it still cost me hundreds and it was an experience I would not wish on anybody.

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Images and articles, now?! This is so wrong. It isn't a defense to a DMCA site take-down notice served on your host, and it isn't a defense to a lawsuit for damages, either. Why do so many people think it's somehow ok to steal copyright content if they "attribute"/"credit"/"link to" the original?!
Another factor contributing to the idea of using anything as long as it's attributed is the school systems in many countries. I don't know how it's taught now, but I don't want to remember how many hours I spent building bibliographies for term papers and reports.

Within the confines of an academic paper or report, use with attribution is accepted.

With this background, people quite naturally (and wrongly) extend this concept to their commercial efforts. 'It's okay, my English teacher said so.'

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True, but many people do get caught and do pay a steep price. If and how you try to protect your stuff is up to you. Because you've chosen not to doesn't mean you couldn't.

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I’m sure that nothing will happen to them if I will pursue these content thieves
Nonsense! I've had DMCA take-downs occur in less then 24 hours. You just want to whine vs being a conscientious professional.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:58 PM   #28
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I believe that if he was an honest image owner he would prove that he owns the rights of this image.

However, he tried to intimidate me, without proving anything.

He probably saw how cruel Squidoo is with their recent measures, so he is using the fear of having a lens locked because of a copyrighted image, and making many lensmasters simply post his link, without verifying if he really is the owner of the images he claims to belong to him.

Would you simply believe that someone is the owner of an image and pay him with a link back to his website without knowing if he really is saying the truth?

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Nonsense! I've had DMCA take-downs occur in less then 24 hours. You just want to whine vs being a conscientious professional.



In the beginning of my online adventures I tried to prevent content thieves to use my content in their websites, but I found a chaotic situation. I had to do many things to prove that I really was the content producer; so many things that in the end I abandoned the idea to pursue these content thieves.

How can someone simply declare that he is the owner of an image and make me easily pay him to use this image, without proving that this picture really belongs to him? Why should I believe him?






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I believe that if he was an honest image owner he would prove that he owns the rights of this image.

I've been thinking about this, since your (to me, very surprising) comment yesterday to the effect that you didn't believe him.

I was wondering how you'd expect me to "prove" to you that I own the copyright to my own photos, which I took myself and have on my hard drive. What sort of documentation would you expect me to produce?

It's a matter that interests me a little, because people do sometimes steal my photographs, including photographs of myself.

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Would you simply believe that someone is the owner of an image and pay him with a link back to his website without knowing if he really is saying the truth?

If I knew that I'd stolen the picture myself, in the first place, and didn't own the copyright, then I might, if I really wanted to keep it. However, I also think that removing the photo, as you chose to do, was a better idea.

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Why should I believe him?
Well, it's up to you whether or not you believe him. For myself, I'd guess that he probably owns it, because I'd know that I certainly didn't, anyway!

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How can someone simply declare that he is the owner of an image and make me easily pay him to use this image, without proving that this picture really belongs to him? Why should I believe him?
You don't have to believe him. Your host - in this case, Squidoo - will choose to believe him rather than time-consuming tilting at windmills trying to verify his claims.

DMCA is a double-edged sword. It makes it easier to fight content thieves. But it also makes it easier for the blackmailers of the web to do business.

Unless I took the photo myself or have documentation to prove my right to use it, I simply remove the images and use others - as you wisely chose to do. You don't have to like it. You just have to pick your battles.

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Just remove the image. If he chooses to do a DMCA takedown then your host will have no choice but to take down your website. Sure, you can do a counter-DMCA notice, but that would only be if you are absolutely sure he is not the copyright owner. Though I'm not a lawyer; so you might not be able to even do a counter-DMCA unless you have the rights, even if the person who submitted the take-down isn't the owner.
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What happened helped me understand how dangerous it is to just use images that seem to be free while they are not.

If I had the time I would use my digital camera and take my pictures myself. This would be the ideal solution.

I have no time to take pictures and I’m not a talented photographer, but I have many friends who love taking pictures as a hobby. I will ask them to let me use their pictures. This is a very good idea.

However, how am I going to prove that these pictures are really mine because i.e. my best friend’s daughter keeps taking pictures all the time and I’m sure she won't mind to let me use these pictures at my pages? How can I prove to someone who may claim that he is the owner of a certain picture I’m using in one of my pages that I’m the real owner?

It seems that there is no way to prove that you are an image’s real owner if you didn't i.e. upload it in a website to show to the public that you took this picture yourself, or someone you know gave you the right to use their picture.

This is a strange problem.

So, if you are not the real owner of a certain image you found online, this means that anyone can declare that this image belongs to them, without having to prove anything?

This situation opens many doors for many people who have the intention to manipulate others.






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How can someone simply declare that he is the owner of an image and make me easily pay him to use this image, without proving that this picture really belongs to him? Why should I believe him?





You don't have to believe him.

You know you stole the image so whether he's the real owner or not is irrelevant, you have no right to be using it so the fact that 'anyone' told you not to use it should be enough for you.

You have no right to argue back with someone about using something you stole.
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Just a couple of links about people getting into trouble using images.

The real cost of being sued by Getty | Copyright Action

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog | BlogHer

I used to have another one. Somebody used a $10 Getty image on their site, and Getty collected more than $4000 from them. Can't find the link now.

Use an image you don't own and you can make yourself a victim of image extortion by companies that have legal muscle, and do this as a job. (with a work work work attitude)

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So, if you are not the real owner of a certain image you found online, this means that anyone can declare that this image belongs to them, without having to prove anything?
This means you shouldn't be using the image without permission. Google images states very clearly "this image may be subject to copyright."

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How can someone simply declare that he is the owner of an image and make me easily pay him to use this image, without proving that this picture really belongs to him? Why should I believe him?
You don't know unless they take you to court. Then it is too late. That is the problem.

In Photoshop there is a way to place invisible information into any photograph. You have to have Photoshop to look at the data. Have you done so?

Also there is another invisible marking system for photographs called Digimarc. Digimarc and other similar systems are in use by commercial photographers, and by stock photography agencies.

Digimarc (DMRC) - Discover Media the Digimarc Way

In addition to these, there is a software the agencies use to search the web looking for images that have been used without permission and/or payment. The process is automated. The $4,000 and $5,000 amounts they charge to people who have violated their copyrights, is small potatos compared to the cost of fighting it in court.

Simple solutions: Either take the images yourself, or purchase the correct rights for your use.

Yes, I realize that is not the answer people want to hear, but it is reality.

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You don't have to believe him.

You know you stole the image so whether he's the real owner or not is irrelevant, you have no right to be using it so the fact that 'anyone' told you not to use it should be enough for you.

You have no right to argue back with someone about using something you stole.


I understand this point of view. I was an ignorant and misinformed thief, but I certainly should be blamed. I didn't care about learning more about this matter. I didn't read many things I should have read.


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Just a couple of links about people getting into trouble using images.

The real cost of being sued by Getty | Copyright Action

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog | BlogHer

I used to have another one. Somebody used a $10 Getty image on their site, and Getty collected more than $4000 from them. Can't find the link now.

Use an image you don't own and you can make yourself a victim of image extortion by companies that have legal muscle, and do this as a job. (with a work work work attitude)

Thank you for this information!



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Some good information on this copyright issue that I ran across recently. The bottom line seems to be that you shouldn't use an image unless you own it or have acquired rights to use it.

Are Getty Images suing you? How to avoid getting sued by Getty

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