Where to find images for your website without breaking any laws

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I am new to internet marketing, and I have decided to build an amazon affiliate site. I have the plan and the keywords picked out, but I do not have the images yet.

If I was to start a site regarding water hoses, is it ok to go to the manufactures website and use the same images they use. It's so easy to go on the internet and just copy and paste, but I do not want to break any copyright laws?

I want everything planned out before I start, and I do not want to break any laws. Can anyone give me some advice from there internet marketing website experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author aureusb
    All images are automatically protected by copyright and although it is technically not legal to scrape pictures from the manufacturer's site, most of the time you can get away with it... If you want to play on the safe side, contact the manufacturer to get their permission to use their images.

    Another way would be to get royalty free stock images from sites like shutterstock or 123rf.com and purchase those images. That would be one of the safest ways but it will cost you some money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by aureusb View Post

      All images are automatically protected by copyright and although it is technically not legal to scrape pictures from the manufacturer's site, most of the time you can get away with it...
      That's a stupid advice... and dangerous!
      Don't listen to it. If you have time search this forum, search the web and you will find hundreds and thousands of cases when they DO catch you and you end up with a lawsuit against you.

      aureusb, when you are sure they don't get you, are you regularly stealing?
      Because using copyrighted material without permission = theft!
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      • Profile picture of the author aureusb
        As i stated, it isn't legal so it would be advisable to contact the manufacturer. To add to that, some manufacturers provide images to aid in the sale of their products.
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        • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
          Originally Posted by aureusb View Post

          As i stated, it isn't legal so it would be advisable to contact the manufacturer. To add to that, some manufacturers provide images to aid in the sale of their products.
          If the vendor (manufacturer) offers an image for use in your sales/recommendation copy - it's fine.

          However, I have and had a problem with your "you can get away with it"-mentality.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    Istockphoto.com hands down. Don't scrape, don't steal.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebsiteBegin
    I generally get my images from the Creative Commons section of Flickr. So long as you attribute the original artist correctly and abide by the license agreement, you will have no legal troubles. I've been using the attribution license inside of the Creative Commons for a few years now
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  • Profile picture of the author getis
    You must never use images you've found on the web unless you are absolutely sure you have permission to use them. As others have mentioned in this thread you will be breaking copyright law if you don't. Yes, lots of websites do just use images they have taken and most of them get away with it, but do you want to worry of wondering when a demand for £3000 is going to land on your doorstep. It does happen.

    Having said all that there are lots of places where you can get free images. Most manufacturers will be happy for you to use their images if you're trying to sell the products. Just make sure you get some written authorisation. Also have a look for places offering creative Commons licenses or similar. These licences usually let you use the images providing you give full acknowledgement to the image owner.
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