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The Insider’s Guide to Online Photo Use

Online Photo Copyright

You know in passing when you say to someone “We should do a G+ hangout!” and they say yes, that’s how this happened. While I’ve written about Photo Copyright on several different sites, Peg Fitzpatrick instantly agreed to do a Google + hangout about online photo use because we both find it frustrating to see the rampant misuse. And, since Peg manages several very popular and successful online communities she’s often asked to get involved when there are issues of this nature within her communities.

So, there I was with social media spark (and my friend) Peg Fitzpatrick talking about how to create a “plain English” conversation on proper online photo use just like I did with Creative Commons in Plain English. We pulled it off, it got rave reviews, and Peg did a full recap on her blog. And since I think you’ll appreciate her insight and detailed information you can check out The Insider’s Guide to Proper Photo Usage at her site.

If you just want to watch the video, you’ll find it jam-packed with helpful information whether you’re a blogger, content creator, entrepreneur, or other type of online professional. Honestly, it’s not hard to do the right thing when it comes to proper online photo use.

photo credit: Pixabay, modified by Sara F. Hawkins

By | 2014-05-15T10:40:12+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Blogging, Copyright, Social Media|9 Comments

9 Comments

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  2. susanpugliese February 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    ? can I take a photo from free photos on google and post on my business Facebook page. for instance : I have a salon and I go to Google and tip in free photos of hair and a huge amount come up can I use those?

    thank you

    • Sara Hawkins February 23, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Google clearly states that it is the user’s responsibility to verify the rights permitted on any image they show. Many people erroneously believe that images found via a Google search are public domain. However, that is not always true. You would need to verify what right, if any, are still with the image before using it contrary to the limits set by the rights-holder, if any.

  3. Andrea May 7, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Sara thanks for such great information! I do have a couple of other questions. There are a lot of blogs that post recipes and deals. Some recipes include trademarked products such as Oreos. When you post a step by step recipe they often times include pictures of these items and their packages. Is this ok if you took the picture? What about book reviews and finding a photo of the cover? Lastly, if there is a great deal on a site such as Amazon can you use the photo from the site in your post? I feel like you can’t but tons of blogs post product pictures and I wasn’t sure where they got the pictures from!

    Thanks again!

    • Sara Hawkins June 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Andrea, this article may help you with regard to the question about including trademarked products in a recipe/deal post – https://sarafhawkins.com/trademark-laws-faq/

      Use of an image that someone else took brings about copyright issues and depending on the use may or may not be considered Fair Use. It’s always better to use an image you’ve taken or one that you have legal permission to use.

      It is never advisable to use an image from Amazon.com for personal or other commercial use. Amazon does permit its affiliates to use images in promoting a product and linking to the product purchase page. This is covered by the terms of use/service for the Amazon Affiliates program.

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