Images: Finding and using online images

Ryan Bush

Images are easier than ever to locate, download, and reuse, but the ease of access has started to raise many legal concerns about intellectual property law and the rights to ownership. Clients often go to Google or Bing to start looking for images when they begin to generate ideas for their website or products. These two search engines provide instant access to amazing images with high quality resolution which can easily be downloaded and reused. However, cutting corners is often a recipe for disaster and in the case of using images without permission the disaster can be in the form of a lawsuit for use of an image without licensing rights from the owner. Images on the internet are becoming easier to follow which allows their owners to easily track their use and location. In the past, tracking them was difficult and proving ownership was even more difficult. Today many… Read more!