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Avoiding Copyright Problems

September 18th, 2010

If you are a blogger, then you might want to include an image in one of your posts from time to time. Maybe you even want to include an image in each of your posts. Of course, not everyone is a great photographer or artist, so creating images on your own might be out of the question. So what can you do about it? You can go on the Internet and search for some high quality and relevant pictures using search engines like Google. After all, there are millions of pictures uploaded on the Internet, so there is a very big choice.

Of course, I am aware of the fact that simply downloading a random image and publishing it on your blog might result in copyright infringements. I do not think you will be held responsible for doing so; however, I would like to recommend that you make sure the image is not copyrighted before using it. You can always ask the webmaster whether he would allow you to upload his image on your blog. If you ask nicely, chances are he will be happy to comply. I also know of some bloggers who slightly modify an image so that it is no longer identical to the one they downloaded. You can also use non-copyrighted images found of sites like Flickr. As a matter of fact, Flickr is a great place to find non-copyrighted images. There is a very wide choice so you should be able to find many high quality pictures for your website.

Embedding images in some of your posts can enhance the quality of your blog. Nonetheless, you should remember not to include too many images or the loading time for your page will drastically slow down. Check yourself if your blog loads fast, and if you notice that it is loading slowly, then consider removing a few images.

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