Can I Use Google Images For Blogs As Long As I Credit The Source?

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If I use Google Images for my blog posts, but give credit and a link back to the source, does that keep me from copyright infringement?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    No it does not. The only images that you can use without worrying about copyright infringement are ones specifically marked as in the public domain and free to use for any type of website - images on wikipedia, for instance.

    Why not just contact the place where the original image is located and ask if you can use the image with attribution?
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    • The hard part is knowing where the original source came from?
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      • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
        Originally Posted by Matthew Scott Donnelly View Post

        The hard part is knowing where the original source came from?
        View the image and then click, "Visit the website" where the image is from. Nothing hard about it, but I guess we've already established the fact that you want things to be easy-peasy. :-)

        Thank you.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

          View the image and then click, "Visit the website" where the image is from. Nothing hard about it, but I guess we've already established the fact that you want things to be easy-peasy. :-)

          Thank you.
          That will work - if the site the image is found on IS the actual rights owner. Fact is, there are a lot of stolen images out there, some deliberate, some the result of misguided information like "it's okay to use if you credit the source."

          Best bet is to stick with "safe" sources, like some of those mentioned above.
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          • Yep, Exactly What I was thinking.

            Not all of the images I find come from the Original Source.

            So you're probably right that's just best to either pay a site for their photos or find free stock images.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    You can use this resource to find free images:

    https://search.creativecommons.org/
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Here's a good source of free images:

    https://pixabay.com/
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    There are some threads on WF regarding places to get free images. Just do a search.

    I generate leads (mainly for financial verticals), so the images available for free typically don't work for me, so I just buy them / I'm not on top of free places.

    The best place I have found that has the lowest prices is Stock Photography Images Royalty Free at Can Stock Photo

    I find they have the majority of the same images as other services for a fraction of the price.
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  • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
    Risky to use google images. Use pixabay and you won't have to worry.
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  • Profile picture of the author freddyhawkz
    Using Google images for your blog or website might lead you to trouble. So it is always recommended that you use stock images or use images that are not copyrighted.

    You can always use Pixabay, Unsplash, Pic Jumbo, Pexels, etc for free high quality images
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  • Profile picture of the author Gertrude Hruby
    No dose not it you can use other source of image such as
    Flickr.com
    pixabay
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  • Profile picture of the author Career
    You can't use without their permission. If they are kind, they will kindly ask you to remove the image. But if they are aggressive, they can sue you.

    You can use google setting to search google images that can be used for commercial and royalty free:

    Settings > Advanced Search > "Usage Rights" pop down menu > Choose "Free to use, share or modify, even commercially"
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    • Profile picture of the author Career
      You are wrong. That's unethical to edit their pictures and make yours. Still their copyright.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    What you want, are images that adhere to the "CC0" (Creative Commons Zero) license.

    Creative Commons Zero, is the most lenient license allowable by law.

    Meaning, that you can use the images for any legal purpose, even commercial, without giving attribution.

    Every other license, is quite frankly, a joke. (Unless you have a massive marketing budget, which I'm guessing the majority of bloggers do not).



    PixaBay adheres to CC0, by the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I actually did not prefer to use Google images. Better you can use images from Pixabay, Shuttershock etc. I am using them for good quality images for my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Career View Post

    You can't use without their permission. If they are kind, they will kindly ask you to remove the image. But if they are aggressive, they can sue you.

    You can use google setting to search google images that can be used for commercial and royalty free:

    Settings > Advanced Search > "Usage Rights" pop down menu > Choose "Free to use, share or modify, even commercially"
    Even Google acknowledges that this search isn't guaranteed to provide safe images. Carefully read the disclaimer Google provides before relying on this.

    "Google said it was okay" is not a reliable defense if you get sued...
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  • Profile picture of the author demontaihack
    You could search for the keyword "free cc0 photos", for example, i found so many images like this one: https://imgni.com/i/7PBX
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelandy
    Not exactly because if you take any image from google for your blog so that may occur copyright issue which will harmful for your blog. Because google will count this as a spam or your site may hit or penalized by google. So the best way to overcome all these issues you can take images from google and modify them according to your requirement and create the new one.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by michaelandy View Post

      Not exactly because if you take any image from google for your blog so that may occur copyright issue which will harmful for your blog. Because google will count this as a spam or your site may hit or penalized by google. So the best way to overcome all these issues you can take images from google and modify them according to your requirement and create the new one.
      More really bad advice.

      Taking an image and modifying it without permission is called "creating a derivative work", which is a form of copyright violation/theft of intellectual property.

      The other thing I got from your post (correct me if I'm wrong) is that the only reason not to steal images is fear of a ranking penalty from Google?
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