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Do I Need Permission to Use Photographs from Google Images?

Categories: Intellectual Property

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One of the biggest mistakes made is that people assume that if a photograph comes up on Google Images then it must be public domain or free game to use on their website. This is absolutely not correct. 

You MUST have permission to use any photograph you find on the internet. The fact that it came up on Google Images does not mean anything, as Google is just a way to find images. 

If you do not have permission, you could end up receiving a demand letter or a lawsuit for copyright infringement.  Make sure you ALWAYS have permission. 


About the authors:  Maria Crimi Speth is an IP attorney and is a shareholder in the Phoenix business law firm of Jaburg & Wilk PC.  She heads the intellectual property law department and assists client with trademark, IP law and Internet issues.  Maria is a frequent speaker on intellectual property law and is the author of the book, Protect Your Writings, a Legal Guide for Authors.