Just because you site the source when copying pictures from Facebook or other popular pages (like Instagram and Tumblr), it is still a no-no. You may even be breaking the law! You must check the rights to each photo you post, even on Facebook or your personal website. It is possible that later, even years down the road, you WILL find yourself in legal trouble.
It was a few years ago that I found myself in a similar situation. I received a letter in the mail from the attorneys of a large stock photography site. It concerned a picture that had been posted three years earlier. Nobody even remembers who had originally posted it.
Anyway, they have tools to check who is stealing their pictures and how they are using them. Here is such a tool, just try it with a few of your blogs or Facebook images. It’s called reverse image search, and it’s like Copyscape for images:
https://www.tineye.com/ – FREE TOOL
That being said, what do you do when you need pictures for your website?
Not every author has the money to BUY quality stock photos. Luckily, I have compiled a list of websites that offer free stock images. It would be a good idea to save this for future reference:
- http://photodune.net/ – Free File + only $1 for small images (my favorite)
- http://www.bigstockphoto.com/free-images/– free files every week
- https://www.crestock.com/free-image.aspx– free files every week
- http://www.123rf.com/freeimages.php– 30K free images
- http://www.freeimages.com/– this is a great one
It is important to enhance your text with great images if you want to get more readers to share your content. Please use the sites above and share this to let other authors know!
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Thanks for this awesome list.