Is it legal to use images found on news sites for your own personal blog?

I am just curious if there is any legal trouble one can get into for using images about breaking news

As log as you aren’t using them for commercial purposes and properly identify (and link to) who the copyright belongs too, you’re pretty safe.

Look up Fair Use if you are in the US or Israel:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

If you make an appropriate Fair Use notification when you use an image, like I did on this page and most pages:

Miscellaneous observations on the way to the ground…and just far down is it?

You’re safe, pretty much the worst that can happen is they can tell you to stop using the image.

If your web site becomes very popular or you start making money from it, then you need to consult expert opinion.

Post Author: mark

3 thoughts on “Is it legal to use images found on news sites for your own personal blog?

    dysentery_boy

    (January 22, 2010 - 6:40 am)

    If you do, you need to give full credit to where you got it.
    Check the website you are looking to get something from and review their legal page.
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    unitedcats2004

    (January 22, 2010 - 6:51 am)

    As log as you aren’t using them for commercial purposes and properly identify (and link to) who the copyright belongs too, you’re pretty safe.

    Look up Fair Use if you are in the US or Israel:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

    If you make an appropriate Fair Use notification when you use an image, like I did on this page and most pages:

    http://unitedcats.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/miscellaneous-observations-on-the-way-to-the-groundand-just-far-down-is-the-bottom-anyhow/

    You’re safe, pretty much the worst that can happen is they can tell you to stop using the image.

    If your web site becomes very popular or you start making money from it, then you need to consult expert opinion.
    References :

    Stephen F

    (January 22, 2010 - 7:40 am)

    Displaying somebody’s copyrighted image on your ‘blog is illegal unless it falls within the narrow Fair Use exceptions, or unless the copyright holder gives permission. It doesn’t matter if the ‘blog is commercial or personal. It doesn’t matter if you give credit to the person or not. If it’s not Fair Use, and you don’t have permission, then it’s illegal.

    17 USC 107 allows fair use copying "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research." Case law has clarified the terms given. You can’t straight copy a substantial part of a news report onto your blog and call it "news reporting." For "criticism" (including parody), you must be criticizing or parodying the thing that you are copying. You couldn’t, for example, post a side-by-side picture of Charlie Brown trying to kick a football, and an AP photo of the Detroit Lions doing the same. That’s certainly a criticism, but it’s a criticism of the Lions, not of the copyrighted material (the photo), and would not constitute fair use.
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