For generations, a picture was worth a thousand words. Now, in the social network age, a picture is worth a few hundred likes, some +1’s, a handful of retweets, stumbles, tumbles, pins, and shares of all sorts. Oh, and those original thousand words.
Using images in our online work is crucial. It’s a visual medium and how better to tell your story or draw in your audience than with a compelling photo? But while some may be flattered you’re using a photo they took or image they created, most are not. Besides all the SEO and search-engine ranking reasons, using someone else’s work without their permission is not only wrong but also may be illegal.
US Copyright laws may be years behind the fast-paced world of social media and blogs, but they still control how a copyrighted work can be used.
Some tips to make sure that you know what you can and can’t use on your blog or in social media:
- Attribution doesn’t make it right.
- Copyright infringement is illegal and carries with it potentially significant consequences.
- Make sure that you understand the Creative Commons licenses.
, attorney and social media blogger, did the research and covered it all. Make sure that you’re using images properly and legally!
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