The questions I get asked are:
- How do I keep people from using my images?
- Why can’t I save this image from this site?
This article on WPMU Dev is excellent. It covers:
- Image copyrights and registrations
- Disable right-clicking
- Disable hotlinking
- Preventing access to media
- Monitoring and Taking Action
- WordPress Plugins
We go to these great lengths to protect our work, but are we equally vigilant about not using others’ work illegally? Be careful that you are!
It is important to note that any images used within PDF documents data shared online are subject to copyright laws too. I had one client dinged for an image in an internal & archived newsletter that wasn’t even publically available via the website anymore! It was still online, but it was via a private link. It still counts! Just be careful – even with internal documents.
If you don’t have permission, please get it or don’t use the image/media.
One of the best resources for finding images to use online is via Google image search utilizing the Tools to narrow your search to those licensed for reuse. This is based on the Creative Commons (CC) licensing.
Conduct your search, and then click on the Tools button:
Then, click on the Usage rights down menu:
Finally, select the appropriate CC license:
In this case, I selected “labeled for reuse” – that’s commercial or non-commercial use. Since this is a business website, I cannot select non-commercial. If I were working with one of my non-profit clients, then I could select one of the non-commercial options.
There are other free and free-to-use resources for great imagery on your websites. There are, of course, great paid sources of imagery as well. I’ve worked with a handful of all these other options, but I keep going back to Google images for its simplicity.
With all of my websites and media, I strive to deal honestly with image sharing, use, and the like. Not only is it the right and lawful thing to do, but in the long run, it’s easier and cheaper to honor copyright protections.