So, you found the right image using Google Image Search and there shouldn’t be a problem, right? Wrong! Many poets make the mistake to use images that cannot be used freely. Found on Google doesn’t wave away the rights that are attached to these images.
We had some interesting discussions with poets about the usage of images. Some use the images and claim that they weren’t able to find out who the rightful owner was. Yes, the owner. Even in this digital world we live in, images and illustrations are owned. That means that the image or illustration was made at one moment by someone else. At some moment in time, the creator decided to upload this image or illustration and that’s when Google steps in. Since every website is indexed, there is a good chance the image will show up in Google’s Image Search.
Not everyone is able to scout the internet to find out whoever used their work. The fact that you might use this image or illustration, doesn’t give you a right to use the image. It’s a big mistake, which many make. Not only those who write poetry. For every image on our website, we check the source of that image or illustration. We only publish images that are from a copyright free source. Yes, there are alternatives for Google Image Search as you can see in this article. This article you are reading seems as a copy of the information given in that article. Since this is a recurring subject, there is need to share this information.
Source unknown? If the source is unknown to you, there is a way to check and you should consider doing this. It might surprise you, but the option to do this… is Google’s Image Search. On this website, you will find an option to upload a file to see if there are any matches. Before you do this, there are other ways you can try.
A watermark is a logo or a text from the one who made the image or illustration. Remember, that this is not only limited to photographers or only limited to the usage of logos. Some use a watermark that consists of a text. If you see such a watermark, you need to keep in mind that there are probably restrictions to use this image.
The other hint that the image is copyrighted is a link to a website or social media profile. Follow that link, to find out more.
If you are in doubt, the best way to find out if an image is copyrighted is to ask! Contact the website you have found the image on and find out if you are free to use the image.
There is a way to work around this all. Consider the options to obtain images from a copyright free source. Consider websites as Pixabay or Pexels as good alternatives. The best option is to do it yourself: use your smartphone camera, your pencils or brushes and be creative!
Free to use, because it’s online
One final thought. Do you think its fine to use the images found using Google because they are online? Think about the possibility that someone uses your poem, as their own… Are you okay with that?
And the source for the image used in this article? Just like many of the images we use on our website: it’s Pixabay!