3 places to find legal photos for your blog

Because you don’t want that image you nabbed off Google Images to send you to jail.

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I once had a client tell me she thought it was perfectly fine to take any photo she found on Google and use it in her blog. And while there are many websites that seem to allow the use of photography and graphics for free, it’s not that simple.

Companies and individuals protect their artwork via a copyright and penalties for violating a copyright range from paying a fine to serving jail time.

Unfortunately, when you find an image on a website, the terms of use aren’t always clear. It’s nearly impossible to tell the original source of that photo, which makes the use of that great photo you just found risky.

But you don’t have to eliminate photography from your blog, due to fear. All you have to do is learn where you can find photos to use and then properly attribute them.

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Images found through search engines can be risky because websites don’t have to list copyright information for images. Websites don’t often list the original source of the photo. Because of this, it is easy to violate copyright infringement and a simple answer of “but I didn’t know” won’t protect you.

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