Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stock Photo Warning

If you use photographs on your website, make sure that they are either royalty free (ones you have taken yourself or for which you have an unlimited license) or that you have made proper arrangements to license the use. Just because the photo is available for downloading on the Internet, doesn't mean you can use it for free. If not, you could be facing either hefty licensing fees or damage claims for copyright violation.

Reliance on a third party website developer is no defense - even innocent infringers can be held liable. There is software available to the stock photo companies that allow them to search the web for use of copyrighted material. You can be found. It has happened to more than one client.

questions, concerns: contact Fran Pennarola at