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Staying legal with photos posted on your own internet posts.

You've written a fantastic post about your visit to France and just need a couple of pictures to help pad it out and be more interesting, after all, 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so do you just grab one from a Google search?

Aerial photograph of Chateau Chenonceaux, Loire Valley, France
This 800 pixel image of Chateau Chenonceau is big enough for social media and blog posts and is only 176kb so it loads fast for your viewers.

Yes you can... but be prepared for the owner to come after you for infringing their copyright after they find it being used without permission on your internet platforms.

The best way to obtain pictures to use within your own web content, be that on Facebook, Blogs or any other internet platform (within reason), is to buy a licence which will cover you for the use.

I allow my own images to be downloaded for such uses in two sizes on my website here... mickflynnimages.

They are all provided instantly, do not contain a watermark and are ideal to illustrate your stories and articles.

News image of Triathlon in Spain
Kenworth highway truck bob tailing with no driver in view.

There is a choice of download size which will cover all your needs and keep you legal. Images can be searched by keyword using the search function from my extensive stock library here... https://www.mickflynnimages.com/

https://www.mickflynnimages.com/


Mathew Milnes from Bradford based band Kascarade
Mathew Milnes from Bradford based band Kascarade


My images can also be licensed for editorial and some commercial use by clicking on the appropriate button on each image and choosing a price plan.


The only exception to personal use which I allow is in the case of entertainers who I allow to download for use on their own social media for free as a matter of courtesy, but I do expect to be credited.


https://www.mickflynnimages.com/
Chris Chronos, entertainer in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain
Diego Cabeytu
Diego Cabeytu

Pablo Bloom one of the top entertainers in the Costa Blanca area.
Pablo Bloom one of the top entertainers in the Costa Blanca area.
All enquiries about usage can be sent to me at this email address... mickATmickflynnimagesDOTcom

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