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    How to check if image belongs to Getty?

    With reference to http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390902

    How can we check that an image belongs to Getty? exif?

    When quoting images from another blog, how do you check?

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    I always use http://tineye.com/

    Upload an image, or a URL to an image and it scours it's database of images indexed and brings back all the images parsed that match, with links to what sites they're used on.

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    Are we able to check from exif?

    Is there an official or concrete method to check if an image belongs to Getty?

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    I installed the TinEye firefox plugin and check the images at http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Se...mage&src=quick Non show up as belonging to Getty. So this method of checking is not accurate.

    With their notoriety, any photo you quote on someone else blog or website is a potential risk to be threatened into paying thousands if the image belong to Getty.

    http://extortionletterinfo.com/

    http://www.google.com/search?q=getty+copyright+letter

    So the important question is how can we check that image belongs to Getty so we don't use it?

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    There isn't an official way to check if it belongs to Getty or not.

    Just don't use any image you don't take yourself or get from a reputable source such as iStockphoto or Stock Exchange.

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    If you don't own the copyright on the image and you don't have written permission of the copyright holder then don't use the image because you don't have permission to use it. It is not only Getty that can sue you for using images that they own - anyone else can do exactly the same if it is their image you have stolen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samanime View Post
    Just don't use any image you don't take yourself or get from a reputable source such as iStockphoto or Stock Exchange.
    Of course, this is the only way. But we see majority of bloggers, even top 100 blogs on Technorati http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/ , quote and use images they found on other blogs and newspaper sites. When quoting images on blog, you don't know if the source you got it from is the original source.

    Bloggers often quote the "fair use" theory. Using the photo to report the news, altering the photo, resizing it, quoting the source.... all these make no difference if the photo really belongs to Getty in the first place and they send you with a demand letter.

    It's ok if Getty will inform you if any photo belongs to them and only request you to remove any photo belonging to them, seek a fair compensation like asking you to pay the cost of the photo plus some profits. But the fact is they are demanding you to pay thousands of dollars, sometimes even for 1 or a few small images, and not just removing any offending photo. http://www.google.com/search?q=getty+copyright+letter

    So it's important that we protect ourselves. And, the best way is to ascertain that any photo we quote don't belong to Getty. But the question is how.

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    When you do this, you are doing so at your own risk. And, if you take images from blogs that they have copyright over, they can also sue you as well. It is best to simply ask permission to use the image.

    The Fair Use policy does offer some protection, but only in limited areas and it doesn't completely overwrite copyright laws.

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    There's good item on this issue on the UK Federation of Small Businesses website - search the forum for "Corbis and getty", look for the summary article. (sorry, I'm new round here so can't post the url).

    Copyright is an important issue but the Getty demands are excessive and unreasonable and would bankrupt many small businesses. They are claiming over a thousand dollars for images which compare with similar ones available from other sources for less than 10 dollars.

    I strive to use only legitimate images originated in-house, bought from libraries or supplied by my client (usually their own product photos) but what if a library image infringed Getty?
    And when I purchase an image I do so in my web design business name (as I have quantity discounts) not that of my client, does that still leave my client as potentially infringing someone's copyright?


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