Can Photo Embedding End the Copyright War on the Internet?

Copyright infringement is a big deal, especially when it comes to photos on the internet. Can we solve this?

posted by Fliiby • 7 months ago

The picture is worth a thousand words. But what if we told you it can cost you more than a thousand dollars? There were numerous cases of bloggers facing lawsuit after it was proven that they used a photo for their blog which they didn’t have the license to use. As you probably can imagine, fee amounts were not little. Content Factory faced an 8000$ lawsuit after someone from their editorial team had used a copyrighted photo.

Of course, if you’re thinking about using someone’s photo because “you found it on Google”, we must warn you that it’s a big no-no. There are plenty of sites that offer royalty-free photos or, at least, those that are protected by Creative Commons license, allowing you to freely use them (with properly attributing the author).

Since we found no article on the internet that questions this possibility, we decided to give it a go. Or at least, pose a question whether this solution would be possible.

We’re wondering if photo embedding could end this malpractice and whether it could benefit both authors and bloggers by stopping copyright troll lawyers from suing them.

When you upload a photo to a service that offers you an embedding option, every information that photo holds remains with it. It can’t be downloaded (unless you as the author allow it) and it tells who is the author, what the photo represents when it was taken, etc. Bloggers claim that when you search for the images on the web, they rarely hold this and more information, at least in a form of a watermark or a link to the original source where they can buy a print or learn about the restrictions of use. Photo embedding would take care of this issue by providing the information about the author, link to their portfolio, type of license, restriction of commercial/non-commercial use.

Embedding option covers two most important issues when it comes to the copyright infringement:

It gives only as much freedom of use as you, the author, give the permission.

It credits you as the author with all the necessary info.

Fliiby gives you all this and even more – if you enable the monetization program, every time your photo is used on someone’s website, and, therefore, viewed, you get a revenue share. What is more fair than that?

When you upload your photo to Fliiby, it holds info about the author (name, website, link to portfolio, blog, etc) it gets an embed code, and you can share it on your social media profiles.

Crediting is one of the main reasons why photographers won’t allow download option for their files. (Presuming you don’t earn notable sums of money from your photos).

Every author strives to reach more people interested in his/her work. What usually happens is that this work is distributed without crediting the artist, which then completely diminishes the sole purpose of their creative work. This is why artists sometimes even delete the work from their site or restrict the use of it. Taking this into consideration, we encourage more people to use our embedding option. Instead of downloading images from stock photography sites, you can use the image embedding option for your blog and not worry about the above-mentioned issues.

In order to make it even more easy to use, we’ve developed a WordPress Plugin that does the work for you. With this plugin, you can search our files database and find the most suitable photo to use. This way, we wanted to ensure all parties get benefits – blogger gets an awesome content for his/her blog and the author gets his files viewed and revenue from a number of views.

Here are some of the famous copyright cases regarding photography.

We believe that legal issues regarding photography copyright infringement could be reduced by alternative ways of photo usage. We can’t claim that copyright infringement could be completely banished from the Internet, but at least, we could try our best to prevent it.

What are your thoughts on this? Can this be a possible solution that brings benefits to all parties? Have you had any legal issue with your photos? Do tell us in the comment section below.

Posted by Fliiby • 7 months ago