Are Google Images free to use?

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Does anyone know if google images are free to use for eg using them as part of an ebook cover.... are they covered by copyright?
Thanks

Tony.
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  • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
    Tony,

    No, those images are not free to use. Each of them will have perhaps different terms for usage and you will need to hunt down the origin of the image to find out what that is.

    Best to purchase an image from a reputable image site such as Shutterstock or istockphoto. Or, have your e-book cover made for you from a reputable site.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Nothing you don't own or have permission to use can be used by yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author dids
    No its not safe for the cost get a stock picture. Theres companys who specialise in finding use of theres or other peoples copyright pictures
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  • Profile picture of the author yezgani
    Originally Posted by buildyourconfidence View Post

    Does anyone know if google images are free to use for eg using them as part of an ebook cover.... are they covered by copyright?
    Thanks

    Tony.
    You can filter the images to get images that you can use freely using the advanced options in google search.
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    • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
      Originally Posted by yezgani View Post

      You can filter the images to get images that you can use freely using the advanced options in google search.
      This is usually useless and returns bad results. You cannot use an image because Google says it is free. You need to visit the original source and see what, if any, usage rights exist for the image.
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  • Profile picture of the author Timboy
    Most Google images are copyrighted. But you can go to Google Images advanced options at the bottom you can select filter on privileges. If you're having trouble finding the advanced options just shoot me a pm
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  • Profile picture of the author jrod014
    You are better off just buying a RF license from a stock photo site. Then write that off when doing your taxes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Google is just the search engine that shows you images that belong to individuals. They have no say in what you can or can't use. As others have said, you need to find the very source of the image and get permission to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author wayneh
    All Google is doing is showing you is images that match your search just like it does when you search the web. It doesn't own the images. You need to check each image to see whether you can use them for free. You are better off buying from a stock photo site like big stock photo or en fotolia.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
    Difficult question, each website has there own terms and conditions. You'll have to read that firs before using the image.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vinny Polston
    Typically they aren't free for use. Although a lot of people do google their keyword and snatch up images, they have the possibility of getting into major trouble. It's just not worth it.

    Remember being in school where you had to do "MLA" writing and source your.. sources.. same goes for images online. Doing a Google search you should find the right method. I'm not a lawyer so this is just moral advice.. not legal advice, lol.

    When it comes to getting high-quality royalty free images, I use photodune.net from the Envato network. You can typically get images for as cheap as $1 on there depending on the resolution.
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  • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
    If you were to post a Google Image on your website, you can usually cover your a** by citing it's source and then begging for foregiveness if someone says anything. An ebook is completely different, that is money in your pocket and not theirs.
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  • Profile picture of the author az wan
    maybe can try search non-copyright image from google.
    or seach stock photo for free like this stockphotosforfree dot com
    search it using google you can find non-copyright image for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mollywhite
    they are right, they are not free to use. May bring you a big payment.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    It depends - for a blog or website then you would be better off going to a site such as big stock photo and paying for an image. There are plenty of free ones in the public domain also. If you are using images for a Facebook fan page then taking them from Google images will not present a problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      If you are using images for a Facebook fan page then taking them from Google images will not present a problem.

      Please say you're joking......
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      nothing to see here.

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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Stuff that shows up in Google images is just files their bots found and crawled - there is ZERO right for you to use them.

    If you use one in a product - don't be suprised if you get a letter from someone wanting to sue you.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    No I'm not.
    Most sports pages, music fan pages have images obviously taken from Google.
    I'm not saying it's right, just that a lot of people would have been prosecuted by now.
    Perhaps in time people will be or perhaps Facebook themselves seeing that the images reside on their servers.
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    • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
      Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      No I'm not.
      Most sports pages, music fan pages have images obviously taken from Google.
      I'm not saying it's right, just that a lot of people would have been prosecuted by now.
      Perhaps in time people will be or perhaps Facebook themselves seeing that the images reside on their servers.
      Nothing you said in this post means it's legal to just use images you find on Google without regard to copyright law.

      Please refrain from doling out advice that's clearly wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author sidee
    Hardly anyone enforces copyrights. Look at Facebook: everyone and their grandmother is posting copyrighted images. If you're a small fry, the chances of anyone coming after you is so tiny not to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
    Not every image is free to use. Some of them may be free to use. To get free to use pictures-
    You can do an advanced google images search and find the ones 'free to use even commercially'.
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  • Profile picture of the author camohit
    There are cases where people have are sued and paid fine of few thousand dollars just because they used some random image. Giving credit to the owner does not make it legal nor pleading ignorance and innocense would save you. Read below article for facts
    m.contentfac.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contentfac.com%2Fcopyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary%2F&utm_referrer=#2837

    Your best bet is to create it yourself. there are many online softwares and tools available. Use some creativity and create your own. Additionally when you see your own creation you'd also feel better.
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    • Profile picture of the author quadagon
      Originally Posted by camohit View Post

      There are cases where people have are sued and paid fine of few thousand dollars just because they used some random image. Giving credit to the owner does not make it legal nor pleading ignorance and innocense would save you. Read below article for facts
      m.contentfac.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.contentfac.com%2Fcopyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary%2F&utm_referrer=#2837

      Your best bet is to create it yourself. there are many online softwares and tools available. Use some creativity and create your own. Additionally when you see your own creation you'd also feel better.
      Dude I know there's a time difference in India but how many threads from 2013 are you going to revive.
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  • Profile picture of the author alias2002
    All of the images aren't free for some of them you need to pay. And of course some images you'll get for free as well.
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  • The images in the Google image directory are free for Google to use. That's all I way say about it
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    All of the Google images are not free and some of them are copyrighted. Its better you to filter your search using advance tool and select free to use option.
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  • Profile picture of the author armaniaryanna
    Originally Posted by buildyourconfidence View Post

    Does anyone know if google images are free to use for eg using them as part of an ebook cover.... are they covered by copyright? Thanks
    Tony.
    Actually when you search on google by typing an image name, the google find the main page link. then you can see the Image link. when you will see the full image, the browser will go to the main site. In this case you must obey the rules & regulations of that site. Some site does not allow you to sell, some site does not allow to use commercially. so you have to see the Terms & Conditions of site before using any image. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author HostMyBytes
    I believe what you are searching for is "Royalty free images". You can't just take any old images from Google and use them as your own. Like someone else said, you could get a big bill for that!
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  • Profile picture of the author namehero
    Originally Posted by buildyourconfidence View Post

    Does anyone know if google images are free to use for eg using them as part of an ebook cover.... are they covered by copyright?
    Thanks

    Tony.
    No they're not. Google "free stock photo websites" or look for a good stock photo site that has a coupon (i.e. 5 free downloads). Fiverr is also a very good option. Don't wanna risk using the wrong image and getting sued. It sucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author munir ahmed
    Hi, im a very bad designer in anything. What i normally do is look for a image on google that suits my likes and make few changes to that with the colors and add or change anything i can. Far as i am aware this is allowed long as its not fully downloaded and added without any changes. please some one correct me if im wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author kavyaanjali
    no these images are not free to use. these have copy write rules.even every site have some defined rules that you must read before using any image from any particular site. u may get into big trouble if u copy any image from any site. so its better to b on safer site and use your own image.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswilliam724
    Google images are free for viewing. These images are from some concerns and authors. So these are having copyrights itself. Use your own images. These are always been better avoiding duplicates.
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