Many people are unaware of copyright compliance so let me share a personal story so you can learn from me and save yourself from making the same very expensive mistake. I’ll start by saying that I am very aware of copyright rules. But, several years ago, I wrote a blog post about project management and tied it into the Chicken or the Egg paradox. Logically, I wanted a chicken and egg image to go along with my blog post. So, in a hurry and without much thought, I went out to Google Images and keyword searched for chicken and egg images. I found one, I saw that it didn’t have a watermark on it, so I added it to my blog. I really should have known better.
A couple of years passed by and just last week Getty Images contacted me with a screenshot of my blog post containing the offending image and demanded that I pay $250 within a week for the image or suffer the consequences.
My jaw dropped and my heart sank that I had to pay $250 for a picture of a chicken and egg! This was an expensive lesson and one that I am constantly cautioning my clients against. Now you can learn from my lesson and check out these stock image resources.