Just to be on the safe side, you could screenshot the image, crop it accordingly and save as a new file. My question is...is it possible for any of this to be traced?
I just get paranoid because you can find multiple stories of Regular Joes being forced to pay hundreds of dollars to companies like Getty Images for unknowingly using images on their blogs that were subject to copyright.
I know that these companies need to make money and protect their investment, but some things I've read seem a little harsh. I certainly don't want to ever deal with anything like that.
Do you think taking a screenshot and essentially creating a new file could ever be linked to a copyrighted image? Even if it was an obvious version of a copyrighted photo, does there need to be some sort of electronic download trail in order for them to claim you violated the rights? Opinions?