Website owners can get a very hefty fine if image usage guidelines are not followed. It’s not uncommon for an owner to get a $1200 fine for one image used without permission.
Most people don’t know better, so they find images online and post them on their website without even knowing there are rules to follow. For your education, these are the guidelines:
You can either:
– Post an image you personally took, since you own the rights to it
– Post an image you bought the rights to, such as on istockphoto.com
– Post an image and give proper credit rights to the owner, such as on Flickr.com
It’s usually best to use your own imagery or buy the rights to a photo and use that.
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