A Question About Using Copyrighted Photos For My Website

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Hello all.

So, I had a question about using photos of celebrities on my website/blog.

For example, if I wanted to use a photo of Johnny Depp and there was some article on Google news about Johnny Depp along with a photo of him....... could I take that photo and use it on my movie blog as long as I linked back to where I got the photo from?

Or is even linking back to the original source still not enough to get permission to use it in the first place?

Thanks -- and by the way.... can someone who KNOWS the answer please post...... speculation will not help me.... not when it comes to this kind of copyright issue...

Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
    These kinds of photos are copyrighted and among the most jealously protected, as they are licensed for big money.

    You may fly under the radar for a while, but eventually you will probably get caught, and then taken down and/or sued.

    Safest thing to do if you want celeb photos is join the all posters affiliate program.

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    • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
      Originally Posted by SunilTanna View Post

      These kinds of photos are copyrighted and among the most jealously protected, as they are licensed for big money.

      You may fly under the radar for a while, but eventually you will probably get caught, and then taken down and/or sued.

      Safest thing to do if you want celeb photos is join the all posters affiliate program.

      You may find this article helpful : eBook & Internet Publishing News»Blog Archive » Legal Copyright-Safe Images for Your Website or Blog


      LOL, Allposter's affiliate program... that's clever. I am familiar with them as I have bought movie posters from them years ago.... but getting access to their movie poster images just by being an affiliate is very clever.

      Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
    Is this legal:

    If I go to youtube... and watch a movie clip that features Johnny Depp in it... let's say from the movie, DONNIE BRASCO... could I pause the clip, take a screenshot of him and then post that screenshot of him on my website? LOL.

    Or is that infringing on copyright?

    Thanks.
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    • Originally Posted by Now Is The Time View Post

      Is this legal:

      If I go to youtube... and watch a movie clip that features Johnny Depp in it... let's say from the movie, DONNIE BRASCO... could I pause the clip, take a screenshot of him and then post that screenshot of him on my website? LOL.

      Or is that infringing on copyright?

      Thanks.
      Honestly, what do you think?
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      • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
        Originally Posted by We Sell Sunglasses View Post

        Honestly, what do you think?
        Honestly... I don't know.

        I have tried uploading scenes from movies to youtube... and youtube blocks it.

        But then..... then, I have tried uploading screenshots from the same scene from the same movie .... and youtube allowed it.

        Now, obviously youtube is not the same thing as my wordpress blog.... youtube is strict enough to block movie scenes, but not strict enough to block screenshots from the same movie.......... I don't know....... it just got me thinking is all.
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  • Profile picture of the author tudexo
    How about giving photo credit and linking back to the news article that has the original pic? A photo credit doesn't automatically safeguard you from copyright infringement...but you could link to the news item itself saying something like the super star on the red carpet as reported by Reuters or Whoever and then link out. But do find out more about this before doing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
      Originally Posted by tudexo View Post

      How about giving photo credit and linking back to the news article that has the original pic? A photo credit doesn't automatically safeguard you from copyright infringement...but you could link to the news item itself saying something like the super star on the red carpet as reported by Reuters or Whoever and then link out. But do find out more about this before doing it.
      Thanks. I wrote to a few websites asking if I could do just that, actually. Not one of them got back to me with a response, LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    Originally Posted by Now Is The Time View Post

    could I take that photo and use it on my movie blog as long as I linked back to where I got the photo from?
    Linking back or giving credit is not a defense to a copyright claim. If anything, it shows intentional infringement as you know you do not have rights to use the photo.

    For years I have suggested the "affiliate posters" route. Make sure the picture includes your affiliate link.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Sigh....

      Yet another in the endless stream of "how can I steal other peoples' IP and get away with it" post.

      You want a 100% legal photo of Johnny Depp? Get yourself a camera, stalk him like a paparazzo, and snap your own. Otherwise, obtain a license - and the allposters gimmick is one of the easiest and probably the cheapest way.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        . . . the allposters gimmick is one of the easiest and probably the cheapest way.

        Could be, although it presents an easy way for viewers at your blog to click away from your site and possibly never come back.

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      • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        Sigh....

        Yet another in the endless stream of "how can I steal other peoples' IP and get away with it" post.

        You want a 100% legal photo of Johnny Depp? Get yourself a camera, stalk him like a paparazzo, and snap your own. Otherwise, obtain a license - and the allposters gimmick is one of the easiest and probably the cheapest way.

        Steal? Who the hell said anything about stealing? If I wanted to steal someone's content and use it for my own website, I wouldn't have started this thread. The fact that I started this thread shows I was conscientious enough to ask questions and find out what was ethical. And considering what most people here have said... taking pictures off of some other website and using the images on my own website is not legal or ethical. I just thought.... I don't know.... there was some creative commons workaround that would benefit me.

        I just have a simple movie blog and alls I wanted was to use pictures... that's it.

        I know about the license route but that would be too costly. Perez Hilton must have one of those licenses. All those images on his site cannot all be coming from photographers in his employ.

        Anyway, I came on here hoping someone could recommend a much much much easier (ie, relatively free) way of accomplishing my objective.

        The allposter affiliate route is looking to be the best thing for me to do, though.... you're right about that.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Now Is The Time View Post

          Steal? Who the hell said anything about stealing? If I wanted to steal someone's content and use it for my own website, I wouldn't have started this thread. The fact that I started this thread shows I was conscientious enough to ask questions and find out what was ethical. And considering what most people here have said... taking pictures off of some other website and using the images on my own website is not legal or ethical. I just thought.... I don't know.... there was some creative commons workaround that would benefit me.

          I just have a simple movie blog and alls I wanted was to use pictures... that's it.
          My problem wasn't with the original post/question. My problem was with the post that asked whether doing a screen grab of a frame in a YouTube video was a way to get around using the original work.

          Maybe I've just seen way too many posts looking for loopholes rather than how to do things the right way. If that isn't you, my apologies if you saw my comments as a personal attack.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      Linking back or giving credit is not a defense to a copyright claim. If anything, it shows intentional infringement as you know you do not have rights to use the photo.

      For years I have suggested the "affiliate posters" route. Make sure the picture includes your affiliate link.

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      And I've suggested All-Posters for over a decade.


      In addition to All Posters, there's probably a book or movie on Amazon with Depp (and other celebrities) as well.


      And instead of taking a screen shot of a Youtube video, simply find one that has Depp in the thumbnail and embed it on your web page.


      Not only will all three display an image of Depp on your web page legally, all are free and two of them give you a chance at making a little money. Actually, even the YT idea can earn you money too, if you use a Playlist and add your own video(s) into the playlist.


      I wish I had a dollar for every time I've typed a similar post over the years. LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author slipsonic
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        And I've suggested All-Posters for over a decade.


        In addition to All Posters, there's probably a book or movie on Amazon with Depp (and other celebrities) as well.


        And instead of taking a screen shot of a Youtube video, simply find one that has Depp in the thumbnail and embed it on your web page.


        Not only will all three display an image of Depp on your web page legally, all are free and two of them give you a chance at making a little money. Actually, even the YT idea can earn you money too, if you use a Playlist and add your own video(s) into the playlist.


        I wish I had a dollar for every time I've typed a similar post over the years. LOL
        Little golden nuggets of information like this are why I keep coming back to WF (long time lurker) Not only are you avoiding copyright infringement, but also throwing in a possible income opportunity, brilliant. Thanks for posting that, I'll definitely use this trick if the opp ever arises!
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  • Profile picture of the author woopshop
    Just today my boss was sued for 3000 euro for using 8 photos from ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author Winning34
    Wikipedia is a good source of photos so long as you follow the very clear rules about giving credit and linking to the license.

    Example: You mentioned Johnny Depp. On Johnny Depp's wiki page, there are several photos. Click on the first one and then click on the details button at the bottom of the screen:



    As you can see, it has a creative commons license. To use the photo on a website and give the proper attribution, click on the "use this photo on the web" link to the right of the photo and copy-paste the attribution link:


    Angela George [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ) via Wikimedia Commons


    I have done this in the past when I needed photos of famous people. I used the photo and gave full attribution, as described above.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by Winning34 View Post

      Wikipedia is a good source of photos so long as you follow the very clear rules about giving credit and linking to the license.

      Winning,

      I went to the Creative Commons page that your Johnny Depp photo is linked to. At the bottom of the page under "Notices" there is this disclaimer:

      "The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. "

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      • Profile picture of the author Winning34
        Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

        Winning,

        I went to the Creative Commons page that your Johnny Depp photo is linked to. At the bottom of the page under "Notices" there is this disclaimer:


        "The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. "

        Steve
        Steve,

        That's a generic clause on all CC licenses because there are 5 or 6 different types of CC license each with different conditions of use. Maybe you aren't familiar with how creative commons licenses work.

        That particular version of the license is called "Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported" and what you are allowed to do with the image for that particular license is clearly indicated at the top of that same page:

        You are free to:

        Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
        • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
        • for any purpose, even commercially.
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    • Profile picture of the author Now Is The Time
      Originally Posted by Winning34 View Post

      Wikipedia is a good source of photos so long as you follow the very clear rules about giving credit and linking to the license.

      Example: You mentioned Johnny Depp. On Johnny Depp's wiki page, there are several photos. Click on the first one and then click on the details button at the bottom of the screen:



      As you can see, it has a creative commons license. To use the photo on a website and give the proper attribution, click on the "use this photo on the web" link to the right of the photo and copy-paste the attribution link:


      Angela George [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 ) via Wikimedia Commons


      I have done this in the past when I needed photos of famous people. I used the photo and gave full attribution, as described above.

      Wow. Cool.

      Just to be on the safe side, though.... i am going to wikipedia right now and I am going to try to find an email and write to them and see if using these photos would be cool with them as long as I give them credit, etc.

      Better safe than sorry.

      And thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas W
    There is this thing rule called 'creative Commons license' basically you have to be something 'newsworthy' also you should put credit back to owner.

    Think bout this. If it was illegal how is that Google Images is still online?

    Only thing you will get is is a DMCA take down request if their is complaint. Then all you need to do is remove it. But it actually protects you
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  • Profile picture of the author Ducksauce
    It is such a easy court case for the copyright owner. Spent a few buck on some stock or get permission, simple really.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil Wilkinson
    Although it's not 1,000 percent guaranteed, this method is pretty safe:

    Using Google Chrome, type your keyword in (in this case "Johnny Depp").
    Below the search bar, click 'Images'.
    On the far right, click the gear symbol.
    From the drop-down, select 'Advanced Search'.
    Under Advanced Search, scroll to the bottom and click the last choice, 'Usage Rights'.
    From the drop-down, select the bottom choice, 'Free to use, share, or modify, even commercially'.
    Click the blue button 'Advanced Search' once again.

    Now there will be fewer images to select from, but they are the ones that Google says you are free to use, share, or modify, even commercially.
    You will notice that a lot of them are from Wikipedia, and they are probably the safest.
    Of course, your best bet, if you're worried about being sued, is to spend a few dollars and buy an image with the rights you're looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdenamul18
    Originally Posted by Now Is The Time View Post

    Hello all.
    So, I had a question about using photos of celebrities on my website/blog.
    For example, if I wanted to use a photo of Johnny Depp and there was some article on Google news about Johnny Depp along with a photo of him....... could I take that photo and use it on my movie blog as long as I linked back to where I got the photo from? Or is even linking back to the original source still not enough to get permission to use it in the first place? Thanks -- and by the way.... can someone who KNOWS the answer please post...... speculation will not help me.... not when it comes to this kind of copyright issue... Thanks again.
    Most of the time, it is copyright protected. so you should not use it. But if you refer the location, where you got from the image, it would better. So you can mentioned that you got the original image from there.Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Wikimedia Commons is a great waay to go, but you have to be careful as different copyright rules apply in different countries - in some countries the copyright belongs to whoever took the picture, in others it belongs to the subject of the photo.

    My advice is this: go to a reputable photo agency and buy a licence to use the photo. Be sure to get written confirmation that the subject has signed a release. It will cost you - if you want a photo of Johnny Depp it will probably cost you a LOT, but it's money well spent. Think of it as insurance to cover your a** .
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