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celgins - 11:46 pm on Jan 16, 2013 (gmt 0)Thread source:: http://www.webmasterworld.com/twitter/4536341.htm
Everyone has their own observations and opinions about stock photography and its use. Personally, I think most people are bombarded with images on the web, billboards, television ads, etc., and probably don't recognize the same models, scenes or images they may have seen previously.
|I don't have any pics on my site. If I did, I wouldn't use stock photos that every visitor has one look at and realizes it's a pic from a stock photo site. I think it brands your site as mickey mouse unless one is very very careful. |
That can be a lofty goal for some businesses. When I write an article about the top ten beach destinations for 2013, I would be hard pressed to find a photographer who lives near the coast, heads to a local beach, and snaps a shot of a family building sand castles. Why not just pay Getty or some other stock photo site $15 for an image? All the big advertising companies do it, and I don't think they're worried about being sued. And why should I if I have legally purchased an image, and have records of that purchase?
|And if you did want a stock photo, I'd still pay a local, probably amateur,photographer to do it. |
As far as royalty-free and rights-managed photography is concerned, yes. I have purchased thousands of watermark-free, royalty-free and/or rights-managed photos over the years, and licensed (purchased) royalty-free photos can be used in a variety of ways, and for as long as you like. Of course, there are other rules and procedures, but using those images for web or print media is certainly valid.
|Go have a look at your site from 5 years ago. Can you prove right now that you have rights to every image on that version of your site? |
Now, if someone copy/pastes one of my purchased images into Twitter, then they're in violation of my rights as a website owner (scraping), and the rights of the photographer (copyright).
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