Just because an image is on your screen, it doesn’t mean you can use it for free!
For some reason, normal law abiding web users, throw caution to the wind when ‘stealing’ (and it is theft) photographer’s images to use on their own web sites. Or worse still, unscrupulous web designers steal them for use on their customers web sites… and charge a fee that never gets passed back to the photographer!
We supply stock images for use all over the world, and whilst some are paid for, we can’t help feeling that there’s a lot of cases of image theft going on. Education is needed… preferably at school… so that the next generation of business people understand copyright, and the value of intellectual property.
OK, rant over! Here’s a link to an interesting article about this very subject in the Guardian: