Creating a Wallpaper Website: How do you get content?

by Jude.A
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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to create a wallpaper website. Now, I know there are lots and lots of wallpaper sites on the internet and each of these sites has various categories in them ranging from hd, 3d, cartoons, nature, celebrities, movies etc.

My question is: how do these websites get these wallpapers to post on their blogs?

Obviously they couldn't be creating them all themselves, so where do they get them?

I'm finding it hard to believe that one could just go to a wallpaper site, and download their 'free' wallpapers there and then put them up on his own site! Isn't that wrong? Or does 'free' mean you could do this?
I don't want to land into any copyright issues with anyone, and even if I may not be caught, I don't want to steal other people's work.

So please could anyone here help me clarify this issue?
Apart from designing them myself, how can I get these beautiful wallpapers to post on my own wallpaper website?

Thanks.
Jude.
#content #creating #wallpaper #website
  • Profile picture of the author nmcc
    You could try using CC Search for images that you are able to use and then format them yourself for various common screen sizes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jude.A
      Originally Posted by nmcc View Post

      You could try using CC Search for images that you are able to use and then format them yourself for various common screen sizes.
      WOW mmcc, thanks a lot!
      When I got to the site, I typed 'hd wallpaper' in the search box, then marked the two boxes below it that meant I wanted something for 'comercial purposes' and to 'modify, adapt and build upon', then I clicked the Flickr button. The results I got were unbelievable. Do you think I'm good to go with this really?

      I saw something that looked like a disclaimer at the bottom of the CC Search page, it reads:
      Please note that search.creativecommons.org is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.

      Looks like I may have to still contact Flickr for example after all right?

      The funny thing is that I remember seeing some of these images from my search on Flickr in other wallpaper and stock image sites earlier today. wow!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Jude,

        Be very careful about using Flickr images. Most people say they are free to use, but that is NOT always the case.

        As you noted in your last post, Flickr says to contact the owner for permission. Here is some added detail from the Flickr site under the section titled
        "I'd like to use a photo I found on Flickr. How do I do that?"
        "Our members share an incredible amount of amazing work on Flickr. If there is an image you'd like to use, look for the 'Request to license' link near the license on the photo page. We've partnered with Getty Images who will review the image, determine if it's a good fit for licensing through them, and work out all the details if so."

        "Not all members have this enabled. If you don't see it you can also contact the member directly. As a member of Flickr, you can move your mouse over someone's buddy icon and click the little arrow to open the 'person menu.' Then select 'Send FlickrMail' and compose your message. When you contact a photographer, it's best to include as much info as possible about the photo, yourself, and how you want to use the photo."

        Getty Images, as I read above, is going to see if the image you want to use is under license with them or any of their associates. If so, don't be surprised if they send you a "bill" for $100+ as your payment for a license to use the photo. Go to the Getty web site and see for yourself the types of license fees they have.

        I would definitely recommend that you do your due diligence before actually downloading any photos. There have been many instances where people thought they were using creative commons images, when in fact, the person sharing the image had no right to do so. Even if you are innocent and use a licensed photo that someone else shared, the responsibility for proper use rests with you. Claiming someone wrongfully shared a photo doesn't relieve you of the need to have a license.

        The best to you.

        Steve


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        • Profile picture of the author Jude.A
          Thanks Steve.
          I guess i'll never know how to own one of these wallpaper sites ethically.
          I think i'll just leave the niche altogether, it's not worth the trouble.
          Too bad, i really wanted to have a go at this
          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          Jude,

          Be very careful about using Flickr images. Most people say they are free to use, but that is NOT always the case.

          As you noted in your last post, Flickr says to contact the owner for permission. Here is some added detail from the Flickr site under the section titled
          "I'd like to use a photo I found on Flickr. How do I do that?"
          "Our members share an incredible amount of amazing work on Flickr. If there is an image you'd like to use, look for the 'Request to license' link near the license on the photo page. We've partnered with Getty Images who will review the image, determine if it's a good fit for licensing through them, and work out all the details if so."

          "Not all members have this enabled. If you don't see it you can also contact the member directly. As a member of Flickr, you can move your mouse over someone's buddy icon and click the little arrow to open the 'person menu.' Then select 'Send FlickrMail' and compose your message. When you contact a photographer, it's best to include as much info as possible about the photo, yourself, and how you want to use the photo."

          Getty Images, as I read above, is going to see if the image you want to use is under license with them or any of their associates. If so, don't be surprised if they send you a "bill" for $100+ as your payment for a license to use the photo. Go to the Getty web site and see for yourself the types of license fees they have.

          I would definitely recommend that you do your due diligence before actually downloading any photos. There have been many instances where people thought they were using creative commons images, when in fact, the person sharing the image had no right to do so. Even if you are innocent and use a licensed photo that someone else shared, the responsibility for proper use rests with you. Claiming someone wrongfully shared a photo doesn't relieve you of the need to have a license.

          The best to you.

          Steve


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