Getting images for blog while avoiding copyright infringement and lawsuits?

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I have a blog that will feature picture galleries for cars, homes, travel spots, etc. I'm looking to keep costs low to start out, so I wanted to find some free or low-cost images for resuse.

When I go a google image search, I see the advanced option where I can select: Usage Rights>>>Labeled for Reuse. Is it ok to use these images as is for my blog? Do I have to give attribution?

I read recently read a WSO recently called, "Copyright Loophole", and in it the author suggests(to my understanding), that you can use images found on the internet, regardless of license as long as you are not hosting said images and are simply pointing back to the source via an embedded link. Can anyone speak to this issue?

I've heard a few horror stories about people being found and billed by GettyImages to the tune of several thousand $$$$'s in some instances. Any help/feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Verdatti
    Hey Steve,

    You can use free royalty images from Pixabay or Imagesource. Check them out, and if you need similar websites you just need to look for royalty images on Google

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Can anyone speak to this issue?
    Loopholes get closed eventually.

    Any help/feedback is appreciated.
    If you are serious about your business then don't take foolish chances. There is no "free." Everything comes with a "cost" attached.

    I suggest http://us.fotolia.com/.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Whoever created that WSO was talking through their hat. What they are talking about is hot-linking the image. Which adds bandwidth theft to copyright infringement.

      Before following sketchy (to be kind) advice, ask if the person selling that advice will back it up by covering you should the advice prove wrong.

      The option in Google image search isn't definitive. It just means whoever has the image claims that it's available, which often isn't the case. Even Google advises you to verify the license with the original source.

      One overlooked source for images is various trade groups. For homes, check with the listing realtor. They may be willing to let you use images in return for a link. For cars, try the car makers' media departments. Travel spots, try chambers of commerce or local visitor and convention bureaus.

      You asked about having to give attribution. I'm curious why this is an issue for you. Some of the biggest sites on the net are using images with attribution, especially from Flickr or Wikimedia.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve23
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        You asked about having to give attribution. I'm curious why this is an issue for you. Some of the biggest sites on the net are using images with attribution, especially from Flickr or Wikimedia.
        Thanks John. It's was actually just a question, because I'm unsure how it works. I don't have an issue with giving attribution, just wondered if it was necessary with a "labeled for reuse" picture. I had a membership at shutterstock in the past, but I don't quite have use for 350 pics yet(their min package). Can pics from Flickr be used with attribution or those require permission/licenses as well?

        S.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Steve23 View Post

          Thanks John. It's was actually just a question, because I'm unsure how it works. I don't have an issue with giving attribution, just wondered if it was necessary with a "labeled for reuse" picture. I had a membership at shutterstock in the past, but I don't quite have use for 350 pics yet(their min package). Can pics from Flickr be used with attribution or those require permission/licenses as well?

          S.
          Some require attribution, some don't. Most of the available images via Flickr are licensed under Creative Commons, which has several levels of licensing. You have to check the license for each image to see what the owner requires.

          Steve, the reason I asked is that a lot of people have the (false) impression that unless a reader believes that everything on a site comes from the owner, it detracts from that person's authority. Others have a real reluctance to use any kind of outgoing link (unless it's their affiliate link) for fear of harming their search rankings. Glad you don't have an issue with giving credit where it's due.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    You can use the following free image sites:

    pixabay.com

    freeforcommercialuse.net

    publicdomainarchive.com

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Markets
    If all else fails, get yourself a free photographer, and here is how:
    1. Go to craigslist and signup
    2. Create a post looking for photographer - state that this is a non-paid opportunity
    Tip: Intise people by saying they will be able to add their work to build their portfolio
    3. Pick a decent candidate.
    4. Tell them what you need pictures of and give a reasonable deadline (they are free of course)

    Hope it helps. I did this myself and got about 5 people interested.
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