Make Sure You Aren’t Using Copyrighted Material

Posted on: October 29th, 2016 by marija

How to make sure you aren’t using copyrighted material? Here are a few ways to make sure you’re not violating any copyright laws:

 #1. Use Google’s Search Tools

First, search for a term using Google Images

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Once the images come up, you can click on “search tools”, followed by “usage rights”

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From here you can choose an option that will only show you images that have been marked for reuse.

 

#2.  Find Images from Photo Websites

Some sites charge a fee, but will give you access to tons of relevant photos for whatever you are searching for. When using a free version, your options will be more limited, but you can still find some high quality images. Here are a few websites that offer images for reuse:

www.istockphoto.com

www.shutterstock.com

www.pexels.com

www.freeimages.com

www.photopin.com

 

#3. Always cite your source

We learned at Tech Conference the best thing to do when you are unsure if content is copyrighted – Cite It!

Take a page from RealEstateInvestingToday.comand check out any of their posts. The original source for an article is always cited multiple times in National REIA’s post:

  • The first line will often read “According to research from ________…”, then go into the results and summary from NREIA. This section is normally hyperlinked to the original website.
  • That source will also be cited again at the bottom of the article with a link to the original content.
  • Additionally, if National REIA creates an image using that data, the source will be mentioned again in the picture.

 

 

It may seem like a lot of hassle and digging just to use an image or piece of text. But with possible fines upwards of a thousand of dollars on top of legal fees, citing your sources and ensuring you have permission to use pictures and content is absolutely a worthwhile task.

 

 

 

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