Are you violating copyright laws with the images you use on social media?

Are you violating copyright laws? Using other peoples images can be tricky on social media channels.  How can you make sure you do not end up with questions to answer, or even a fine?

Content published online is still protected by copyright laws.  In 2011 the BBC used an image of the Tottenham riots from Twitter without notifying the photographer, or naming them and had to officially apologise.

When looking for images to use on your social posts from Google search for the image using keywords in the usual way.  When the results are returned click ‘search tool’ and from here choose ‘usage rights’ select this option from the drop down menu.  The images in front of you are then safe to use.

Alternatively, here a few websites which offer free stock images

morguefile.com

pixabay.com

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

Images increase engagement by 74% so do not be put off using them, just ensure you know who owns the copyright. 

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