Copyright and intellectual property infringement?
After reading about the MOBE defamation lawsuit against Wealthy Affiliate. It got me curious, how safe are we really when it comes to publishing content on our websites.
I'm sure that I am not the only one who takes screenshots or snippets of images from companies, products and services that we review to give these posts some visual appeal and purpose to the contents at hand.
I'm sure that majority, if not all of these companies have copyright, policies intellectual property laws that prevent people from using images etc without given consent or affiliation ties.
So, my questions are:
(1) Can we take images that are correlated with the companies we write about and publish on our websites. Even if we have no affiliations with, and/or written consent. Could we get sued or receive jail time down the track once we establish our e-business and branding?
(2) Should we just be using free stock images, like from PixaBay and SiteContent images. Even when it might be hard to find any matching images to the company products/services we are reviewing?
(3) Can you get a pardon by publishing content in an honest, ethical and accurate way.
There is absolutely no way I could afford to go to court and hire whoever. I know next to nothing about laws and court proceedings.
If you are knowledgeable in this matter. Please let me and other WA'ers know if we need to remove these images taken. Even if they are labeled for reuse and somebody else had copyrighted that image on Google Images for example.