Be careful of the images you use on your websites

Last Update: March 27, 2016

I've just discovered an image I created being used on another site by a fellow WA member. The image isn't in creative commons and wasn't attributed in any case.

Now of course, I am not going to make them take it down (I've just asked that they link to my site).

But remember that you can't just use any image you find online. Find images in the public domain, that are creative commons images (and attribute) or pay for images. Or create your own

I've heard stories of people being sued for a fair bit for using images they weren't supposed to be.

Just a word of warning.

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HowardJaros Premium
Yes, Sir! I have had online publications in the same industry as mine use my photos, and with me in them! It appears there is no online protection unless you use something like befunky.com and edit your photos to include your information!
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks for the heads up. I think that free stock can get sometimes get mixed with stock that has rights attached. I did not realize this and now hope I am ok...........Marty
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JudeP Premium
Thank you for sharing :)
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Mac01 Premium
That's a worry, glad you spotted it and got onto them!

Yeah there are plenty of free images that can be used within our websites. I'll leave a link to some of them here: Cheers!
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nathanpall99 Premium
Hey Mac - thanks for sharing the training. This is pretty important part of building websites. I'm pretty sure it's in the certification courses here too.
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Mac01 Premium
My pleasure! It sure is.
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MINDwell Premium
how would you attribute an image anyway?
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Mac01 Premium
It just depends on how the owner of the image wants you to attribute it. Some are happy with a brief mention of the image's source, while others are more stringent (I generally stay away from using their images!).

Most of the free sites such as Pixabay don't require you to reference their images.
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nathanpall99 Premium
Pixabay is a great source and as Mac01 says you don't need to attribute them - they are all public domain.

If you go to something like Wikimedia Commons there is a link with their images that says "use this file" if you tick the html button and copy and paste the code that's how you attribute their images.

I usually use a similar formula for other attributions but generally speaking the name of the person who created the image, a link to the image and a link to the creative commons licence
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