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Are your website images legal?

Posted on 10/10/2013

Do you know where your website images have come from?

I'd already heard that Getty images are stamping down on people using their images without permission by writing to website owners who are using unlicensed images that Getty claim to own the copyright for and demanding anything from £800 to £3600 for breach of copyright. 

So when I read a very informative article by Suzanne Dibble, not only backing this claim but offering sound advice I felt compelled to share it with you all.

1. First of all look at your website. If you have images on there that you have taken yourself, no worries but make sure that you add the details of the image and ownership in the 'meta data' for each image. If it doesn't have anything then in the UK it's known as "orphan works" which means anyone can use and sub-license them and the owners have little recourse to complain. You may also need to add the use of images and content in you 'terms of use' on your website about using images from your website and that copying them would be an infringement of copyright laws etc. But best speak to a professional to get clarity on what you should write.

2. If you have images that were not taken by you and you've just downloaded them off the internet, please go back to where you got them from and ask permission of the image owner or purchase the image. If however you cannot find who owns them and you have made every effort to do so you may be able to use them, but that is a risk you take.

3. If your website was built for you and came with images, contact your web developer today and ask who owns the images and do you have license to use them on your site. Again, make sure your 'terms of use' states that you have permission to use the images and where you licensed them from.

4. If your website developer doesn't know or care where they sourced them from I would suggest you replace them with an image that you do have permission to use, as you are the site owner not your developer.

Remember: - You are responsible for the images you use on your website and you are responsible for knowing where they came from.

Here's the link to the article and if anyone knows more about what terms you should add to your website or wants to add more info about copyright, I'm sure we'd all be happy to hear from you you.

Karen Peters

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