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    Using Photos from Other Sites

    Hi, I have a client who wants photos from other sites to be put on the site that I am making for him.

    It is a site for licensing rights to open a 50s/60s ice-cream kind of place, as he owns the rights to this name and concept.

    There are other restaurants with the same name, but they are independent, as they existed before he bought the rights, even though they have the same name.

    These sites have pictures that he likes. Some are photos from the 50s, 60s, and more recent times, of buildings, food products and menu items. I even saw a photo from a newspaper with this name in it.

    I don't know the legal issues of using those photos.

    What do you all know about this?

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    Approach the website owners where the photo's are hosted and ask them about licensing. Never use images you found online without permission from the copyright holder as you will open up the possibility of litigation.

    It might be easier to use an established photo stock provider to get similar images like shutter stock or fotolia.
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    The licensing agreement depends on the individual photo, the rights assigned to it by the owner, and the jurisdiction to which copyright applies. So you'd have to treat every photo your client likes on a case-by-case basis.

    The best way to deal with the stock photo issue, if at all possible, is not to use them to begin with. Use your own (or in this case your client's own) photographs and the intellectual property rights to those photos will be protected by default, unless your client decides to allow for certain licensed uses.

    Now, if you want some photos that can be used commercially you can go to a Shutterstock or Fotolia and purchase the rights (again, provided they're approved for web usage...some photos are specifically not permitted to be used on the web for whatever the owner's reason), or you can try some of these sites.

    The Leading Source Of Free Stock Photos - stock.xchng
    Morguefile.com free stock photos (yeah, it's a free stock photo site with a horrible name)
    PhotoDropper ? Find the Right Photo in Seconds

    I'd also recommend checking out Plagiarism Today - Content Theft, Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement to get a better understanding of stock photo issues and of copyright issues in general. Jonathan does a heck of a job of explaining these sorts of things.
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    Thanks.


    djitsz - Right. Good to know, I will approach site owners if I intend to use their photos.

    TheGAME1264 WDF - I knew of sxc.hu. Morguefile.com seems like a good source, and photodropper.com really helped.

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    arianna143,

    Thank you.


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