How to legally source stock images for your blog


Farming stock image

Want to stay way from the hassle of a lawsuit?  Maybe you’ve heard about the stay at home mom blogger sued for thousands of dollars over the improper use of a copyrighted image?  Yes, you can get sued for using images improperly on your web site or blog without licensing and compensating the artist who created the image.

Here is what happened to author and blogger Roni Loren when she grabbed an image off the web and put in on her blog:

…one random post, I grabbed one random picture off of google and then a few weeks later I got contacted by the photographer who owned that photo. He sent me a takedown notice, which I responded to immediately because I felt awful that I had unknowingly used a copyrighted pic. The pic was down within minutes. But that wasn’t going to cut it. He wanted compensation for the pic. A significant chunk of money that I couldn’t afford. I’m not going to go into the details but know that it was a lot of stress, lawyers had to get involved, and I had to pay money that I didn’t have for a use of a photo I didn’t need.

It wasn’t fun. But the fact of the matter is, I was in the wrong. Unknowingly. But that doesn’t matter. And my guess is that many, many of you are doing the same thing I was doing without realizing it’s a copyright violation.

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How to avoid the hassle and financial costs of being sued over images

Luckily there is an easy and inexpensive way to insure that you have the rights to post an image on your blog.  You just have to license the use of the image for the intended purpose.  For a blog or website this is typically only going to cost you a few dollars to purchase a license and download a blog sized image from a agency like the Symbiostock Network.

The Symbiostock Network is a group of individual artists and photographers who collectively offer their images as stock via their individual sites in the Symbiostock Network.  Take one artist, Edward M. Fielding of Dogford Studios for example.  Dogford Studios is part of the Symbiostock Network and offers all sorts of great and often funny stock images of pets, people, places and things.  For a few dollars you can license and download images for your blog using a credit card or Paypal account.  In just a few minutes you have the legally obtained stock image you need for your site.

Remember, buying a license for an image is the only way to protect yourself from a possible lawsuit.

Copyright – Edward M. Fielding – www.dogfordstudios.com