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    Using licensed images, is it 100% necessary?

    I'm starting an ebook, and within the design I need to use some images of couples (its a relationship site)... And I looked around on the professional stock photography sites, and THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE!!!!! I am NOT going to pay $890 for an IMAGE.

    So what is the worse that could happen for using an image in a design that you don't have rights to? I imagine you would be informed to just take it down, in which case I would just find another similar picture and do the same thing.

    Sounds reasonable to me, because charging people nearly $1k for an image is RIDICULOUS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamache
    I'm starting an ebook, and within the design I need to use some images of couples (its a relationship site)... And I looked around on the professional stock photography sites, and THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE!!!!! I am NOT going to pay $890 for an IMAGE.

    So what is the worse that could happen for using an image in a design that you don't have rights to? I imagine you would be informed to just take it down, in which case I would just find another similar picture and do the same thing.

    Sounds reasonable to me, because charging people nearly $1k for an image is RIDICULOUS!
    dreamache, the rates are high, but there are some photo sites that have considerably less fees. No matter how you rationalize it, stealing is stealing. In the end it is a risk you don't want to take, and even if you don'r get caught it will be somewhere in your mond bothering you.

    An alternative is to buy a decent $200 digital camera and take a day or two snaping your own photos around town.
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    actually nevermind that question.. i just heard some horror stories about getting sued for that ****

    so my next question is, what are some good, cheap stock photography sites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamache
    actually nevermind that question.. i just heard some horror stories about getting sued for that ****

    so my next question is, what are some good, cheap stock photography sites?

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    try photospin.com $99/yr membership

    Good to see you around here dreamache. There are many content providers on GFY who might be able to help you as well.

    hit me up on ICQ and I will give you some other stock photo sources. I don't want to let them all out in public as the images might become overused.
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    a cheap one is www.istockphoto.com - $.50/photo if i remember correctly

    but there are also many free ones. a great free one is www.sxc.hu

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG315
    but there are also many free ones. a great free one is www.sxc.hu
    It's the best damn image bank I've ever seen - and all free!

    It depends on an image, but you can use them as commercial sites too.

    Go go go! [img]images/smilies/thumbs_up.gif[/img]

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    I too like Istockphoto.com
    There's a thread on SP somewhere about free/royalty-free Stock photo sites.
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    ^thats what i was lookin for earlier^

    i also like istockphoto but i dont like how you get 1 download then either pay or upload your own. also i'm too lazy to go and get the free stock photo every week. if they emailed it to me as part of a newsletter on the other hand...

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    The costs are minimal, so I like it - having a $35 balance in their from my own images don't make it shabby either. Think about it - you spend more for a coke from a machine than you do for a great royalty free image from istock.

    Another option is to buy a CD full of royalty free images. These can cost anywhere from $20-50 and offer you repeated uses of multiple images. You can often bill the initial cost to a client and/or take the cost as a tax right off (business expense).
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    heh the only cd's i know of are from digital vision and so far i havent had a client willing to spend that kinda money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG315
    ^thats what i was lookin for earlier^

    i also like istockphoto but i dont like how you get 1 download then either pay or upload your own. also i'm too lazy to go and get the free stock photo every week. if they emailed it to me as part of a newsletter on the other hand...
    You can just pay $10 for 20 downloads or $20 for 50 downloads (or something like that). I tend to keep at least $10 in there just in case I find a few images I like one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG315
    heh the only cd's i know of are from digital vision and so far i havent had a client willing to spend that kinda money.
    Here's one: http://www.tastystock.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MG315
    a cheap one is www.istockphoto.com - $.50/photo if i remember correctly[/url]
    I like istock, but at times it's a little limited.
    My fave one is
    http://www.digitalvision.com/

    Reasonable prices, mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamache
    So what is the worse that could happen for using an image in a design that you don't have rights to? I imagine you would be informed to just take it down, in which case I would just find another similar picture and do the same thing.
    Check out what Comstock has to say about your question...

    http://www.comstock.com/Web/IHF/LICE....htm#penalties
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    check these out

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamache
    So what is the worse that could happen for using an image in a design that you don't have rights to?
    You'll be fined $10,000 (so I've read). But there are cheaper yet quality sources of stock images. www.photos.com www.ablestock.com both of these supply you with unlimited downloads royalty-free images to own and use forever for a couple of hunder of dollars. You have a limited time-period do download these images however, but I've found tons of quality images here. Good luck. As mentioned, www.istockphoto.com and www.photospin.com are other alternatives.

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    Hemera also offers several stock art options. I have the Big Box of Art, and am planning on Purchasing each volume of Photo Objects as well.

    Photo Objects are the real photos with the backgrounds already gone. Very handy for site design. Saves a lot of time. BBA was $40 (I think) tax deductible. PO are $70+ per volume (thousands of images). They also have a download option http://hemera.com which you can either subscribe or buy per image I believe.

    I like their photos and have used the disks a TON.
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    Istock is awesome. As is stock.xchng

    I have volume 2 of the Photo Objects. It is awesome to have ready masked pictures. The downside is the people once just do not feel as 'professional' as say... from Getty Images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighlyInspired
    I have volume 2 of the Photo Objects. It is awesome to have ready masked pictures. The downside is the people once just do not feel as 'professional' as say... from Getty Images.
    I agree about that. Love Getty Images, but they are usually way out of my client's budgets. Photo Objects offers a good alternative for small biz customers, who just can't afford to spend that much on a single image.
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    What are getty images.... :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4SeeN
    What are getty images.... :/
    getty images
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    An alternative is to buy a decent $200 digital camera and take a day or two snaping your own photos around town.
    so no matter what the subject of the photos is, as long as i take the pics, it's ok? here's an example: doing a website for an appaiser and driving around taking pictures of homes. that would be ok?

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    Publicly visible homes should be fine. Copyrighted artwork is not. People that you shoot for non-news photos are probably not a good idea unless you get a model release...
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    Also, in some cases you need a "Property Release". It'll depend on the area (location) you are in, but some places can require that a property release be needed for readily identifiable property if used for commercial purposes.
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