“if you link back to the source and list the photographer’s name
if the picture is not full-sized (only thumbnail size is okay)
if you did it innocently
if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
if you didn’t claim the photo was yours
if you’ve added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
if you have a disclaimer on your site.
if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn’t absolve you"..
A follow up to my last post, but this brings it down to the level of the average person, the blogger, the photographer or artist that might “borrow” what they think might be a free image on the net…you might have to pay for the privelege, as this blogger did…
By the way …they are often not free at all, but instead are infringed images uploaded without the owners knowledge or consent…
Even the Creative Commons site contains infringed works…you will never know until you do a thorough check of each and every image you plan to use…