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Free pictures with people.

Please explain the TOU

     
5:24 pm on Jul 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Could someone please explain to me how I can use pictures of people I found on the internet? The pictures are free and I need to illustrate a point on a website I am building. However, when reading the terms and conditions on the free picture websites that say the following:

"You may copy and modify the Media Elements, and license, display and distribute them, along with your modifications as part of your software products and services, including your web sites, but you are not licensed to do any of the following:

* You may not license or distribute any of the Media Elements that include representations of identifiable individuals, governments, logos, initials, emblems, trademarks, or entities for any commercial purposes or to express or imply any endorsement or association with any product, service, entity, or activity."

The way I understand this is that you cannot use people pictures at all. So, can I use the pictures to illustrate a point on my website?

5:37 pm on July 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"For commercial purposes" usually means, you can't use the free pictures in material for sale. For example, do not take a picture of a beautiful woman and package it (with other pics) and sell a 'Portfolio of Beautiful Women' picturebook...(or anything where you can make a monetary profit from the free pictures)

The endorsement piece is pretty straightforward. Simply do not use the free pictures as part of your business or company. Meaning, you can't take the picture and redesign it or alter it, with the intention of making it appear to promote your business or some product.

For example, don't take a picture of a beautiful woman and modify it by placing a bottle of Corona in her hands, or by placing her image next to a bottle of Corona as if she's helping to promote it.