Can I Use That Picture? 3 Rules to Ensure Your Blog Isn’t Breaking Copyright Rules

Beyond Bylines

Protect your blog from copyright issues

It’s among the first things you hear as a blogger: Use photos.

People are receptive to images. Pictures also help break up lengthy blocks of text.

But if you’re new to blogging and just jump over to Google images, you could quickly find yourself in hot water.

If you choose to go the free route (and who wouldn’t?!), it can be difficult to discern the photos free for use and the ones that require attribution.

So before you snag an image off the web, educate yourself.

Rule #1:  You can’t use everything you find on the web. 

In simple terms, you are financially liable for using copyrighted items on your website.

It doesn’t matter if you provide attribution or link back to the source. Unless you’ve received express permission or have legitimately purchased usage rights, you can’t post copyrighted photos. Period.

Grabbing that perfect image for your next blog post may seem harmless, especially if you’ve seen it…

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