1. Props for mentioning the copyright bit on Google images. That can be a sticky wicket for sure.

  2. Mia McPherson

    As a photographer who regularly has images used without my permission and finds them on commercial web sites as well as personal blogs I am distressed and discouraged that you would write about the Featured Image from Google Images which is nothing more than a tool that makes it easy to infringe on photographers copyrights. I do appreciate you recommending that people use public domain or Creative Commons licensed images but I can’t tell you how many times I have found my images with the copyright marks removed and people acting as if they are public domain.

  3. @Mia McPherson – Marcus is only the messenger, not the culprit. He has no control over how people actually use the plugin. However, I certainly understand where you’re coming from. It’s also worth noting that in the plugin description, the author wrote this:

    WARNING: All images from Google Images (http://www.google.com/images) have reserved rights, so don’t use images without license! So Author of plugin are not liable for any damages arising from its use.

    I’m sorry you’ve been ripped off so many times.

  4. One should be sure to use the advance search features in Google Images to filter for images that you may be permitted to use. The procedure is described here

    Google takes no responsibility for the returned results having the correct classification for usage, it is your responsibility to confirm that the images are in public domain or licensed for use

  5. Ted Clayton

    @Mia McPherson

    Startlingly good bird-images at On The Wing Photography. Congratulations.

    And your site is using the Atahualpa theme, though it’s hard to tell except for the credits.

    There are tools & techniques for discouraging wrongful image-use … as there are tools & techniques for acquiring exceptional bird-images … and for creating a unique website to showcase them.

    For example, consider the plugin Photo Protect. It overlays your image with a faux transparent layer, so that upon attempting to copy the image, all that is saved is the Cheshire cat’s grin.

    Perfect image-protection isn’t available, but pragmatically effective measures are.

    All the best in your work!

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