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Do I need to ask permission from the photographer to use any of the photos in google images? The link is below. I plan to use these photos as background for graphic design and may just use them directly and put it on our advertising material. https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=865&bih=3 79&q=nature+photos&oq=nature+photos&gs_l=img.3..0l10.3777.18400.0.1918.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1399.22j1.23.0...0.0...1ac.1.2.img.RMjMU0FTGx4#hl=en&tbo=d&site=imghp&tbm=isch&q=amazing+nature+photos&revid=1150280280&sa=X&ei=i_sLUYmZFaTBigKqmoHICQ&ved=0CGsQgxY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.cGE&fp=ba9e46a011f3d7eb&biw=865&bih=379
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Absolutely. ONLY if you have an image that is "public domain", or that you have taken and own the copyright to, or you have a "license" from the copyright holder, could you use that without copyright infringement.
Otherwise, if you use that (particularly in a commercial context) without permission, then that would be infringement.
Now it's not necessarily the photographer that you would need permission from.
Rather, it's the owner of the copyright.
Often that is the photographer, but not necessarily.
Thank you for your answer. To confirm, any of the photos and images I found under "google images" need permission, yes?
(for instance, if a photographer works for a newspaper or news service, any photographs taken will belong to that news service)
Yes, unless the image is public domain.
But it's NOT public domain merely because you found it under Google images.
Google doesn't own these images. It might own some, but these images are merely compiled, and you would need the permission (through a "license") from the owner of the image.
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If I google "free pictures of nature", or "free pictures of something", what comes up in google should be o.k. to use without permission, right?
Not necessarily. You would want to go to that site and verify that the pictures really are free to use and "public domain".
Just because it says it's free does not necessarily mean that it's free to use.
Even open license (creative commons) pictures are generally for non commercial purposes.
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Okay, so long as it's within the scope of the original question...
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