I need some help regarding adding pictures to my blog

Philippines
January 26, 2012 9:38am CST
Hi. I blog about Asian movies and dramas. I realized that it looks dull without pictures in it. I've been trying to look for images that I can use, but most of them are copyrighted. Tonight, I came across some sites containing lots of pictures. These sites also contain advertisements. I went to their disclaimer page and found something like this: "All other trademarks, logos, and images are the property of their respectful or rightful owners. [Name of the website] claims no credit for them unless otherwise noted. If you own rights to any of the images/videos and do not wish them to appear on this site, please contact us at [email address] and we will remove it asap." I wonder if they simply took photos from the net and put them on their sites? Can I do this, too? I'm not really experienced with these things, and I'm quite "young" in the blogging world. I need some advice from the experts.:) Most of my reviews are about Japanese dramas. If anyone of you knows some sites where I can legally get photos, let me know. Your response will be greatly appreciated!
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3 responses
@Luciano63 (157)
• France
26 Jan 12
Cheerfulnuts there are several good website royalties free for photos and logos, Sometime I take pics from those sites the most important thing to do is to publish a linkback to the source it is the only thing they ask for. look for them on search engines you'll see it is easy.
• Philippines
27 Jan 12
Hi Luciano63. Can you give me the websites of such sites? I've been searching for photos, but I can't find any that I can legally use for my site. I think photos of Hollywood celebrities are easier to find. They have their photos in wikimedia commons. But what I'm trying to find are pictures of Japanese celebrities.
• France
27 Jan 12
Hi, I am sorry but for Japanese celebrities you need different source like Zimbio, anyway just find on internet good quality images and just publish them mentioning the source. It works this way...I guess.
• Philippines
28 Jan 12
Wow, I didn't know about Zimbio. I might need it in the future. Thanks!
@mensab (4207)
• Philippines
26 Jan 12
well, you can put that kind of disclaimer. the understanding of copyright which is widely available and accessible online is that acknowledging the sources and copyright holder will suffice if the intended use is for personal and non-profit. if the pictures which are copyrighted will be used for commercial purposes, that's the time the copyright holder can claim against the user.
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
Commercial as in you're using a picture of a celebrity for an add of your product. Like making it show that she's an endorser or something. That could get you in trouble if you haven't asked permission and paid the necessary amount. But using pics for blogs? I guess that's okay, as long as you site your references. Celebrities, media and the show business world thrive on people talking about them too.
• Philippines
22 Mar 12
Oh, I haven't thought about it that way. Thanks swirlz!
@airkulet (2705)
• Philippines
26 Mar 12
I also took some photos over the net because I am not a photographer and I need it on my blogs, I just put the source of image on the add caption so that it looks I gave a credit to the original sources even though I know that the later is not the original of the said pictures.