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    Images and copyright
    So, I'm a little confused about how I can use images on my website. I gather that most images on the web need permission for use but there are sites that allow you to use images but under certain conditions, like giving credit to the photographer and linking back to the original site, what I'm not sure about is the "non-commercial use" condition. If I have a site that makes money and promotes products, does that mean I cannot use the image in any way or does it mean I cannot use this image directly, like linking the image to a product page.

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    If you have a commercial site (promote products), if the copyright states non-commercial use only, you can't use that image on your site, whether or not it's linked to a product.

    Another issue to think about if you're using "free" images: if you're using an image with identifiable people, you won't know whether or not they've signed a model release. It may be quite rare, but if someone sees their image on the web, they never signed a model release, you could be in hot water if you're using their image on a site they disapprove (hate, porn, political, religious, etc.)...or "just because."

    There are plenty of low-cost ($1-$2) royalty-free image providers that you can purchase images for your site.

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    Adding to the Answer above (if you want a free and safe alternative), you can find many images that are free to use with rights given for reuse and modification for commercial use as well. Just open Google images, and in Usage rights select labeled for reuse, or labeled for reuse with modification.

    For most cases, plenty of photos should turn up.

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    Depends on what pictures you want, I found a long time ago that a digital camera is the best way to get that exact picture you want that you can use copyright free. Saved me countless hours searching and $$$ over the years.

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    Thanks everyone for all the information and suggestions. I think you guys have saved me from being sued. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Ward View Post
    Depends on what pictures you want, I found a long time ago that a digital camera is the best way to get that exact picture you want that you can use copyright free. Saved me countless hours searching and $$$ over the years.
    That, right there, is where I base the success of my niche travel/destination websites. I have photos that no one else has - and they are all available to me. I have even sold some over the years. In fact, last week I licensed the rights to use (on a website) a city panorama photo that I shot nearly a dozen years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by askmewhy123 View Post
    Adding to the Answer above (if you want a free and safe alternative), you can find many images that are free to use with rights given for reuse and modification for commercial use as well. Just open Google images, and in Usage rights select labeled for reuse, or labeled for reuse with modification.

    For most cases, plenty of photos should turn up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_Ward View Post
    Depends on what pictures you want, I found a long time ago that a digital camera is the best way to get that exact picture you want that you can use copyright free. Saved me countless hours searching and $$$ over the years.
    Brand new to this site, and affiliate marketing. Was going to start posting a lot of questions, and I'm finding most of them have already been asked and anwered . Sweet! The 2 posts above just saved me whole lot of time, and possible money. Thanks.

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