In both the online and offline world, we see countless images are being used. Whether it’s in blog posts or website contents, or any advertisement purpose, it is believed that using an image is a great way to draw viewers’ attention and gain reliability.
But it is to be kept in mind that not all images are free, and if you use them without consent, it will turn out as copyright infringement meaning, violating the copyright laws.
Reading this far, you might think, how can you check an image if it’s copyrighted or not! To help you, we are here with a new article on how to check if an image is copyrighted!
Here are some of the steps to know if an image is copyrighted or not-
In Copyrighted images, legal owners use their watermarks. You might not see the watermarks at first glance, but if you look closely, you may find watermarks in the bottom corners(in most cases).
The watermarks on images can be text, name, symbol, or even any letter.
Photos are overlaid with texts or icons, either furtively or in front of them, to shield them from illegal use. Although watermarks may be extracted from a picture using an image editing program, it is not advisable.
There are mainly two ways to carry out research. Firstly, for a specific image, you can do reverse research on Google. There is an option in Google where you can search by an image. You can upload the image and get the necessary info about it, whether copyrighted or not.
And the other way around is to visit the U.S Copyright Office website and search for the image there. You can input the title, keyword, or even the specific image. They have listed all the copyrighted images there!
After you’re done with the above steps, if you aren’t still sure whether the image is copyrighted or not, we request you not to use the image.
You can search for a different one or can buy the original image from the owner. And lastly, there are many websites like Unsplash where you can find your desired image and use them hassle-free! They are copyright free, and you can use them wherever you like.
It’s trendy for people to use these photos to push copyright laws away. We are not worried about the impact of copyright infringement. But it is not the approach since a violation in copyright infringements will financially and lawfully smack you.
Besides, you may also lose your prestige as a person or a corporation.
So don’t use licensed photographs that ignore the stipulated conditions; else you will be punished heavily
So we hope this article was able to help you understand how to check an image if it’s copyrighted. Thank you for reading the article to the last. Till next time!