Be very carefly what images you use when blogging. I wasn’t careful and I got busted. Those of us who blog often go looking for images to use in our blogs and I managed to use the wrong image. It cost me. I used a cartoon image of a dog with complete credit going to the artist and company – guess what – that won’t cover your butt.
Imagine my surprise when I opened my email while I was on flipping vacation to see a payment demand for copyright infringement. How dare it arrive in the middle of my vacation is what I thought.
I immediately went in and took the blog post down. That won’t get you off the hook either. If you posted it and a law office or a company that does nothing but look for infractions contacts you, taking it down is NOT good enough. You owe the fine.
In my case if wasn’t horrible. $83.40 to be exact. I also know it could have been a lot worse. Several years ago a friend got into a demand for tens of thousands of dollars. Yes you read that right. Blogging is an easy place for us to make a faux pas. I never realized that what I did was a copyright infringement. It was – I paid.
In my case I always move my blogging forward to my Pinterest account and that’s where the copyright trolls found me. Don’t get me wrong, I agree I should have purchased the license to use the cartoon. I agree artists and photographers should be paid for their work. I made an honest mistake and the troll company busted me. Here is a link to a company that had to pay a lot more money than I did with their blogging.
I shared this link because it can happen to you. I am very careful now with blogging and posting images. Consider this my $83.40 gift to you so you do not use an image that could cost you your business.
FYI this is a copyright free image…….