If You Don't Take Good Photos, BUY THEM!

Reblogger Debbie Reynolds
Real Estate Agent with Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

I was taught to never borrow anything without getting permission. Then the Internet came along and the public thinking was if it is on the Internet it has to be true and it is free to use. This is not so. The safest way is to use your own photos in your posts but as Debe Maxwell says, if you don't have your own, go buy some.

Original content by Debe Maxwell, CRS 228209

If you don't take good photos, BUY them!  

Copyright infringement is no laughing matter.  In fact, it's very serious and snagging others' photos can cost you FAR more than you can imagine.  As per AR Community Guidelines and highlighting an article that Rich Jacobson wrote years ago, let's focus on this particular guideline that continues to be an issue in the Rain (and elsewhere):


DO NOT STEAL IMAGES
This applies to all photos online, those taken by a member, peer OR a PAID photo taken by a photographer on behalf of a member or peer.  


Agents snatch photos that they see and just snag them - posting someone else's photos on their own blogs, websites and social media.  Unless you have permission, that photo is NOT yours to use...ANYWHERE!

 

There have been some very good articles written on this topic all across ActiveRain.  However, for some, they think that they will not be 'found' and continue to use others' photos without a second thought.  

 

I have sent Cease and Desist letters and received a response, "Well, I just took it from Google!"  Umm...NO, that is unacceptable!  Take your own photos or purchase them and you'll never be the recipient of one of those letters, or worse yet, following that Cease and Desist letter, you will be paying a HEFTY fine if the content isn't immediately removed.

Don't Be a Thief!

 

Several years ago, I was alerted that one of my photos was being used on someone else's site.   Ultimately, the agent had copied MY ENTIRE SITE - including use of the CRS logo (she was not a CRS).  I was in shock!  When called about it, the agent exclaimed, "I don't know why you're upset about it - it's a COMPLIMENT to you!"  


*NOTE:  If you claim to be a designee of CRS or any other PAID membership designation (once you receive your designation, you have to pay annual fees in order to keep that designation), you can also be penalized - especially if you inappropriately utilize the logo. Members have membership rosters for all designations and if you're not a designee, DON'T CLAIM TO BE ONE OR USE THEIR LOGO.  (Even if you were a designee in the past.) This is a topic for a whole other blog!

 

I shared the analogy of this agent writing a manuscript and leaving it on her desk; I take that manuscript, publish it and claim it as mine.  That had absolutely no impact on her!  It wasn't until I told her that I would be suing her and she would be hearing from my attorney in 24 hours, that she realized I meant business.

 

CAUGHT - Red Handed!*WARNING:  You may easily miss hidden copyright information in a graphic that you snag. I know an agent a couple of years ago who paid a hefty fine (tens of thousands of dollars) for snagging an 'innocent' photo;  the owner of the photo levied a fairly substantial fine on her.  He had a copyright hidden in the graphic and every time someone stole it, he sued - there was no Cease and Desist letter sent - he sued immediately!  

 

Think of the time you would save by simply using your own photos or hiring someone to take your photos for you...OR BUY THEM!

 

Everyone doesn't take good photos - if you know you don't, just BUY them and save yourself a much heftier fine than simply paying for your own!  Lisa Hernandez wrote a great post about free sites last month also - you do have to remember to give credit when you use those free sites though...there are often hidden guidelines about giving credit so, be careful!

 

Thank you again, Lynn B. Friedman for hosting the 2017 jump-start contest!


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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
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Debbie Reynolds - I find my photos being used all the time with out my permission.  This is a great post and advice by Debe Maxwell! Excellent choice for a re-blog!

Jan 16, 2017 07:38 PM #1
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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This is a great choice for a reblog Debbie Reynolds. Ask  me why I missed it when first posted; I don't know.. 

Jan 16, 2017 08:13 PM #2
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Debbie Reynolds
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I had some of mine used by a city website. It was very disturbing, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com

Jan 16, 2017 08:20 PM #3
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Debbie Reynolds
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I often miss a good post, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington. It happens when there are so many good ones to read.

Jan 16, 2017 08:21 PM #4
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Lisa Hernandez
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Thanks for mentioning me!!!

Jan 16, 2017 09:50 PM #5
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Roy Kelley
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This is an excellent selection for a reblog and a very important topic for bloggers.

Jan 17, 2017 11:03 AM #6
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Joanna Cohlan
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Great reblog Debbie and very very timely.  So important to either take your own or buy photographs-plagiarism is stealing and that is a crime!

Jan 17, 2017 04:16 PM #7
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Lou Ludwig
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Debbie

Your advise is right on point on photo's.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 17, 2017 07:04 PM #8
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Hi Lisa Hernandez, I is nice to be mentioned for doing something good.

Jan 18, 2017 07:06 PM #9
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Hi Lou Ludwig, Bad photos are a pet peeve of mine.

Jan 18, 2017 07:07 PM #10
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I agree Joanna Cohlan that it is stealing and against the law.

Jan 18, 2017 07:08 PM #11
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Hi Roy Kelley, for someone like you that takes beautiful photographs you would never think of using someone else's.

Jan 18, 2017 07:09 PM #12
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Important to be cautious about where you get your photos, not everyone is as generous as Myrl Jeffcoat with their photos.

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