Are you breaching copyright?

The day was going really well. An early morning swim, emails dealt with (swiftly) and then the post arrived…

That’s when my day went off plan.

In the post a letter arrived from a company saying that my company, Project Agency had breached copyright on a photo that was within a .pdf document. They demanded £510 (approximately $875 – “the average licencing fee for commercial use of rights managed image(s) found on your web site.” They ‘waived’ the $400 per image in pursuit of the matter)

I looked for the image and could not find it. I therefore contacted them by phone and was guided to where the image was.

Are you sure you are not breaching copyright....?

Are you sure you are not breaching copyright….?

I then asked what if this is a reproduction from someone else (it had at the bottom, in the footer, “This document is a reproduction of a blog by XXXX and a link back to their web page). She then told me that as this was reproduced from someone else then there was no charge. Phew….

But, it does show how careful you have to be. For all those who post on the internet – blogging or tweeting we need to be careful of the origins of photos and materials generally. Of course, it should form part of our everyday risk assessment…..

I was going to recommend some free sights for royalty free photographs however….I thought it best to avoid doing this as I may well recommend the wrong sites!

So I ask again, are you breaching copyright?


Thank you to Peter Taylor, of The Lazy Project Manager fame. He pointed out that you can identify within Google images which ones are copyright free. How do you do this?

  1. click on Google images and type in the subject  you want an picture of
  2. click on search tools and another menu appears below
  3. click on usage rights and you then make your final choice

The image below may help:

copyright 2


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