Copyright infringement on websites

In the age of digital media, copyright infringement has become an almost daily occurrence. Infringing the copyright of individuals or companies can have dire consequences for website owners.

Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work's creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Copyright holders routinely invoke legal and technological measures to prevent and penalize copyright infringement. – Wikipedia

Google will often remove websites from its search results pages if a copyright infringement notice is lodged with them. Essentially when your web pages are removed from search results your website becomes “invisible” online and therefore will not appear in Google search results pages, which could be disastrous for your business.

Never do use images that you downloaded from the images category of a Google search result. There are many sites which offer free stock images for you to download and use without paying.

Before using a photographers images, contact the person, many times they will grant permission to use the image as long as you credit them. NEVER use ANY images without permission.