I contacted a few sellers with requirements for a job I needed doing and got responses from a few of them. One of the major requirements was that the image be professional as this was something going into print. Woke up to find the seller had delivered the work and there were 2 problems with it.
- It turned out he had used a few images on the work, but they were all simply lifted from other websites without consent. I contacted the seller and asked where the images were from, to get the response that he found them on Google Images and “it’s fine, everyone does it”. When I disputed this and said I didn’t see how I could trust him to provide something I could legally use, he called me a scam buyer.
- He used an image on a professional company flyer of a girl wearing a Hooters t-shirt, ripped directly from the Hooters website. I realise he may not realise what that company was, but this image just didn’t even fit in any way with the company or design in question.
Is it really that common for people to just lift images from anywhere on the internet to use on work they provide here? There are so many royalty free/free image sites I just find it hard to believe he couldn’t find something there instead. Had he sent me a link to an image and asked me to purchase it I would have been happy with that, then at least I know printing this isn’t going to get me into legal trouble for using images without consent.