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Can I use images from another site, they are uploaded by their users

Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by No User Name, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. #1
    I am building a web site with cooking recipes, health advice and news. but I want to get the images from another site but it is for the Croatian visitors and my web site is for the visitors that speak German language. Their articles are written by their users, so the images are uploaded by them. Is it illegal to use those images in my site? and maybe translate their recipes ?
    SEMrush
     
    No User Name, Oct 1, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. omgcats

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    #2
    Using their images is illegal under US copyright law, I do not know about the law in whatever country you are in.
     
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    It's also illegal in Germany, so no dice.


    Regarding translating the recipes - I think that's a grey area, but you are still basically stealing their content. I wouldn't do it and also not recommending to do it.
     
    GMF, Oct 2, 2012 IP
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    Yeah but the recipes are more like international, its not their work, they didn't invent it! its just that they got it from somewhere and wrote it on the internet, which means I am not stealing their work right? and I think I am going to add pictures from flicker but with some rights allowed and add the source of the image (the author original image page) under the images, is this a problem?
     
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    xxyanlixx Peon

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    I'm trying to cut some corners here. This might sound very silly, so please beware. I wonder if I can take a picture with my own camera of a digital photo from Google Image and stamp my company name on it. Technically it is my own photo. Will this prevent from being sued?
     
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    You still take something that you don't own. Stealing from a thief is still stealing. :eek:

    But translations are pretty tricky. I would contact a lawyer in this matter

    Nope, because you just made a copy, you didn't create the original. The person that made this image (the copyright holder) can still sue you for that.
     
    GMF, Oct 3, 2012 IP
  7. PaulSch

    PaulSch Active Member

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    #7
    Don't expect to get a factual, correct response here. This is a specialised subject that few people know the facts about. All you are going to get is a load of opinions, not facts.

    Why don't you contact the site's owner, explain that you want to use his stuff and see if they will agree to this in return for (say) some backlinks to their site or some other form of acknowledgement. Then all you have to worry about is being penalised for duplicate content, and there are plenty of ways around this problem.
     
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    Regarding the translation - Yes

    Regarding the pictures - Nope


    Taking pictures without asking the owner IS illegal. That is a fact.
     
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    PaulSch Active Member

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    Your information is wrong. If I take (say) a Harry Potter book, translate it into Mongolian that does not mean that I have the right to say it is my work.
     
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    #10
    You can translate and use your own words. Compose it your own way. It also depends on the owner and copyright of the recipes. But you were asking about pictures... If the pictures are yours and you saw it somewhere else without proper attribution, how would you feel? There's no harm in giving proper attribution.
     
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    You misunderstood my "Yes"

    I was agreeing with "a load of opinions, not facts."


    and the "Nope" was disagreeing

    :D
     
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    Sorry. Feeling dumb today.
     
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    #13
    Thank you. These all help.
    Truth be told, I'm developing an app that requires a lot of images, and I must rely on Google Image to get all these pictures. I've already sent out more than 10 emails to different agencies/photographers/blogger seeking permission to use their photos. It's been a week and I'm getting no replies. I would think they don't really care about my request and may have just ignored my emails. I looked at flickr, wiki commons but these sites don't have the quality pictures I can find on Google Image...I wonder if there's a way to simply buy these permissions so I can use them..
    Anyone can give me a hand here?
     
    xxyanlixx, Oct 4, 2012 IP
  14. GMF

    GMF Well-Known Member

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    Well, there are some stock image platforms that sell picture licenses. I don't know a reliable website, though, so you either have to wait for someone that knows a good one, or search Google yourself.
     
    GMF, Oct 5, 2012 IP
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    Allowing picture uploads or using pics from other sites (whether embedding or uploading to your own server) without at least citing the source right underneath is a sure way to get a cease and desist notice (and possibly a costly one) by some smart*ss law firm employed by the copyright vampires.
     
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    Well, that won't do at all


    It's like stealing a car and then writing on it from whom you stole it :p



    There are exceptions, though, like some images under the creative commons license.
     
    GMF, Oct 5, 2012 IP
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    If you use only image on your site from real owner,then you must put source under that image. (credit)
     
    lapidus, Oct 5, 2012 IP
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    GMF Well-Known Member

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    Again: this is most of the time NOT ENOUGH!


    Some people might be ok with it, but if they decide to sue you, they WILL win.
     
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    Yes,in that case is better first to contact owner about source, if he agree to you can put link under the image.
     
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    the images are under the creative commons license. I choose the images by their license. so is it too a problem?
     
    No User Name, Oct 6, 2012 IP