Alert - Photo and image copyright compliance
We would like to alert anyone using photographs or images, especially on a website,
of the need to obtain copyright permission before use.
One of the largest photo and image agencies in the world, Getty Images, now have software that can automatically detect the use of unauthorised images on any website, and they are acting to protect the rights of the photographers and artists involved. If the image / photo used is not covered by a copyright license, it is possible that you will be faced with an invoice for hundreds of pounds per picture.
At CTE we have collated experience of this and discussed the invoicing with Getty Images, License Compliance Department, 101 Bayham Street, London NW1 0AG (08002799258)
Inevitably there are some scams around, but Getty Images have the software and can detect and contact anyone managing a website which contains unauthorised images of theirs. Letters may be addressed to 'Legal Department' even if the recipient is a church or charity. Alternatively, you may get an email directing you to their online payment system.
To find the links and discussion thread search 'Licence compliance Getty Images' in your web browser.
At CTE we have become self sufficient and removed all pictures whose source is not known. We strongly advise colleagues everywhere to do the same. As a service we are making our pictures available on www.cte.org.uk/photos
and the gallery menu in the column left of this article.
We believe that churches need to be as copyright aware in their use of pictures as they are in their use of music. We have discussed this alert with Getty Images, and we include their details with their permission so that you are assured this is an authentic issue and an important message.
A major copyright distribution mechanism that covers social photo sharing is called ‘Creative Commons’. This mechanism includes photographs which can be used free with a simple protocol: http://creativecommons.org
. Photo sharing sites like Flickr use the ‘Creative Commons’ mechanism and make the it clear on each photograph what the copyright status is: http://www.flickr.com
Always be careful to check the license / copyright arrangement for each photograph you may wish to use. Please note this alert and notify colleagues to make sure all photographs are copyright compliant. Thank you.