I’m a graphic designer from Australia, and I have noticed some serious copyright issues (in regards to stock photos in particular) happening on fiverr from sellers. I just wanted to point out a few things to potential buyers (and designers new to the industry) so you can protect yourself and your business from infringement.
Also, keep in mind the artist or photographer who is trying to make a living from selling the use of their images. You’re stealing from them. That’s not cool!
Things to look out for…
- Sellers offering ‘pick your own images’ from another website then sending them to you is a BIG NO NO! Sure, the seller has purchased the images, but they do not have the rights to sell those images to you. This is a really obvious breach and should be easy to avoid.
- Sellers offering stock images. Did they take the photos themselves? Or draw the illustrations themselves? Can you hear those alarm bells ringing? You can always ask them upfront if they have the right to sell the images, if they do they will have a signed license agreement from each artist. (I should know, I am one of those artists…) In some cases they may be ‘finding royalty free images on the net for you’ which is risky. Yes, you can find free to use images but often in the fine print the images are for personal use only, NOT for advertising/branding purposes.
So how do you know which pictures you CAN use?
Look for sellers who OWN their images. If they are an artist or photographer and clearly state that the images are their own then they are legally able to sell them to you and you can ask them about any concerns you may have. Read the T&C’s carefully so you understand how the images can be used.
I hope this post is helpful