Is it allowed to use images of physical products

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I am reviewing some digital cameras and I want to use those digital camera pictures. Can I get them from the manufacturer's website and place them in the content?
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  • check the sites tos, or something similar to see if they allow and what they want you to include with image as in credits...
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by jugroo View Post

    I am reviewing some digital cameras and I want to use those digital camera pictures. Can I get them from the manufacturer's website and place them in the content?
    You can't just copy images from the manufacturer's website and use them, even if you are promoting that product.

    You need permission.

    Sometimes that permission, and any strings attached, are posted right on the website. Other times, you have to hunt around for a contact address and ask for permission.

    If you do have to contact them, don't just ask if you can copy the images. The safe answer, from the viewpoint of the contact screener, will always be 'no'.

    Tell them which images you want to use and how and where you want to use them. Ask about credits and restrictions. In short, be professional about it.

    Does that always work? No, nothing always works. But it beats getting a takedown notice or losing an affiliate account (along with pending commissions)...
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  • John: You are right. But I have seen so many websites on the top alexa rank and they are all using images directly from manufacturers. If you are reviewing digital cameras of like 20 different manufacturers. Getting permission from all of them is not possible. I am not saying that you are not correct. I am just curious that why these thousands of websites are not facing any dmca problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by jugroo View Post

      John: You are right. But I have seen so many websites on the top alexa rank and they are all using images directly from manufacturers. If you are reviewing digital cameras of like 20 different manufacturers. Getting permission from all of them is not possible. I am not saying that you are not correct. I am just curious that why these thousands of websites are not facing any dmca problem.
      Jugroo, I'm not trying to be argumentative here, but are you trying to say that you have:

      > Personally determined that "thousands of websites" are using images from the manufacturers you want to use, and
      > are NOT having DMCA problems?

      Blanket statements can be hazardous to your wealth...

      Spend a couple of hours checking for image use TOS and/or contacting the manufacturers. You might be surprised at the response you get. I was, the first time I did it...
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      • You can't copy images from manufacturer site as they are copy right protected. But If you want to sell their items then you won't have problems in getting permissions. To get the permissions you must have to prove your marketing skills first. If you are already making conversions for them then then it would be much easier to get rights.
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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    Are you doing this with affiliate links? What does the affiliate program say about graphics? For example, if you are an Amazon affiliate you can use a lot of the content (including photos and reviews) from their website. Other vendors or manufacturers may have similar policies.

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this, as it depends on the rights granted by the copyright owner.

    Of course, if you are reviewing an item you own you can take a photo of it yourself.
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    • Originally Posted by IdeaLady View Post

      Are you doing this with affiliate links? What does the affiliate program say about graphics? For example, if you are an Amazon affiliate you can use a lot of the content (including photos and reviews) from their website. Other vendors or manufacturers may have similar policies.

      There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this, as it depends on the rights granted by the copyright owner.

      Of course, if you are reviewing an item you own you can take a photo of it yourself.
      It is a simple review website. I am reviewing different products. I haven't monetized the website yet. Yes, I will be using adsense and amazon on it. Just curious if I can get into trouble later for using the images directly from the manufacturer's website. Everybody is doing this doesn't mean I can do this too, I know that. But is it legal to take images form manufactueres website and use it on my website.

      Contacting them is simply not possible. I know there will be no reply from them obviously. And even if I plan to contact them. How come I can contact so many companies.

      Any suggestions?
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    You can always try to contact those companies...
    Emails always work and one simple email can do the job for you
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon1965
    I would definitely check the sites TOS, don't rely on the "everyone else is doing it" to make your decision. You could be the one posting that they catch and you cannot use that as a reason why you did it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Danny McConnell
      If you know you are going to be using Amazon, just use their images. No need to agonize that way.
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      • Originally Posted by danleigh57 View Post

        If you know you are going to be using Amazon, just use their images. No need to agonize that way.
        Ok thanks for everyone's suggestions. Lets play on the safe side. I don't want my all hard work to be wasted by just one email. I am going to use Amazon and use the images they provide.
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Originally Posted by jugroo View Post

    I am reviewing some digital cameras and I want to use those digital camera pictures. Can I get them from the manufacturer's website and place them in the content?
    Get their permission before you use anything from their website.

    Clear enough for you?
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