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Google Images part 2

In this previous Journal, I explained the procedure for using the advance search feature of Google images to determine what images may not be shared, modified or used commercially.

This blog is an example of what can happen when those who know better do not exercise “due diligence”

Not only did they end up paying what they regard as an outrageous amount to settle out of court, but are losing in the “internet court of public opinion” in their attempt to blame the victim for overreacting.

We write thousands of blogs every year for our clients and agency partners. Our editorial standards are obnoxiously high, and we do our best to write the best Web content our clients (and their competitors) have ever seen. Although we try to catch everything, occasionally a mistake sneaks by us. Recen

Google Images

Many people are under the false impression that any images that they find in Google images are in the public domain
The public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.
Most images on the web and indexed by Google are protected by copyright

In the screen shot below,you will note the statement by Google that “Images may be subject to Copyright”

The gear wheel in the upper right gives you access to the advance search feature where you filter the results for use terms

Filtering this query for images that you are free to share or use returns no images!

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