You cannot use images that you find online for your websites or personal use. They may be copyrighted and it is illegal. Whoever owns that image can and may take legal action against you. Just one picture can get you a fine worth almost $10,000.
I have been busted for copyright infringement myself for 8 pics, 8 pics at $150,000 a piece puts me in jail for life because I can’t afford that. They did not sue me though because i was not using the images for profit, didn’t have any ads on my site.
You will get no warning, you won’t have a chance to ask if you can take it down. If someone finds one of their images on your site and takes action, which can happen to anyone living in a country with copyright laws, you are going to be moved upon without your knowledge and you will be in a bad situation like i was, and scared like hell like you wouldn’t believe.
No matter your age, where you live, what images you are using, why you think there’s no way that you’re not gonna get busted, if you used only one pic that wasn’t yours
You can get busted for copyright
- Any pic you may have used for your blog articles
- Any image you used for a logo or header
- Any pic on any forum you may have posted
- Your avatar or any signature on any site on the internet
Current Fair Use image copyright laws say that you’re financially liable for posting copyrighted images even if
- You did it by accident
- You immediately take down the picture after receiving a DMCA takedown notice
- The picture is resized
- You link back to the photo source and cite the photographer’s name
- Your site isn’t commercial and you make no money from your blog
- You have a disclaimer on the site
- The pic is embedded instead of saved on your server
- You found it on the Internet
Here’s how you can use images on the internet legally
While using google to look for an image, go to
And a drop down will show options and you can use any image from any of the options
These images are not copyrighted and noone can sue you for copyright infringement
Here’s some sites that have royalty free pics, there’s alot you can do a search.
Does anyone have an experience where they got approached by a website, company, or someone in authority to share?