On the heels of the post by author, Roni Loren entitled: Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story, bloggers around the world have been stripping their posts of images for fear of copyright infringement.
I’ve done the same.
I enjoy blogging, but probably like many of you, don’t enjoy reading huge blocks of text without pictures to break them up. Though technology makes it easy to copy, modify and share images, it doesn’t make it legal. Getting caught can be a costly affair as Roni attests to in her post.
So … what are the options if you want images for your posts?
1 – Continue with the status quo and hope you don’t get caught
2 – Buy images
3 – Use images from sites that offer free pictures
I contacted my editor, Annetta Ribken, who provided some solid information about morgueFile.com – a site she’s been using for years.
The name comes from the term “morgue file,” which refers to post-production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. The term is popular in the newspaper business but is also used by illustrators, comic book artists, and designers.
The site allows you to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work. Attribution is not required.
Some other sites that offer free images are:
How have you been dealing with the copyright issues, and do you have a special place to get your pictures?