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How to Avoid Being Sued: Your Dropship Business Blog Images

 

dropship businessDid you know that you could be fined thousands of dollars for using copyrighted images in your blogs posts for your home dropship business?

It’s true!

In fact, don’t brush this off as a one in a million thing that happens to other people but is never likely to happen to you, because the fact is that more and more people are finding themselves in legal difficulties for using an image they had no authority or permission to use. These lawsuits can be for big bucks. One content agency recently related their story of how they were sued for $8,000 for an image that appeared in a blog post viewed less than 100 times.

They managed to settle for $6,000, but that still isn’t chicken feed to most of us.

In other words, you don’t have to maintain a hugely popular blog with scads and scads of readers to get caught and sued.

Here are some of the things you need to know about images found on the internet that absolutely must be followed to avoid being sued.

Currently, Fair Use image copyright laws state that you are financially liable for using copyrighted images, even under the following circumstances:

  • You used the image accident accidentally
  • You removed the image right away after getting a DMCA takedown notice
  • You resized the image
  • The picture is licensed to your own Web developer, because you are required to   have a license of your own according to Getty Images
  • You linked to the photo source and cited the photographer’s name as well
  • Your website is not commercial and you don’t make money from your blog
  • You posted a disclaimer about images on your site or blog post
  • The image is embedded but isn’t saved on your server
  • The image was found on the internet


As you can see, there really aren’t any acceptable excuses or loopholes if you are caught using images you aren’t supposed to use in your ecommerce dropship business blog. As a state trooper or other law enforcement officer might tell you if you are stopped for speeding and hasten to inform him/her that you didn’t know it was a 30 mph zone---ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. This applies to images, too.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from a lawsuit for infringement of copyright laws with images:

  • Familiarize yourself with image copyright laws. If you don’t know about them, take a crash course ASAP!

 

  • Find some good free online images to use.

 

  • Even some of the free images have strings attached, such as linking back or crediting the owner of the image. If you fail to do this, you can be sued.


As mentioned earlier, this is no longer a random occurrence. There are attorneys who are the internet image-copyright-violation version of ambulance chasers. They spend their time, or hire someone else to do it for them, searching out unlawful images and then convincing their new client--the owner of the image---to sue the perpetrator. If you don’t want this to be you…get proactive about protecting yourself.

Your dropship business blog images are important to help you engage with your audience, but use them wisely and don’t get sued!

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