November 30, 2006
I was preparing to put together some past / present pictures of Lindsay Lohan for an entry on my blog about her recent letter to the family of Robert Altman.
I figured that wireimage would be a place for me to get nice clean images to use for the entry. I was going to pay for the use and
everything until I read their user agreement, which contains this passage:
CUSTOMER SHALL NOT AND AGREES THAT HE/SHE WILL NOT (i) SAVE, PRINT, COPY
OR REPRODUCE THE CONTENT AND/OR IMAGES RECEIVED THROUGH WWW.WIREIMAGE.COM
Does that mean that simply using a modern web browser – which saves images to my hard drive as part of the cache – instantly violates the user agreement?
Stephen — there are still, of course safe havens for grabbing images as you probably already know. Google images can easily be grabbed, but images are crawled and indexed unless they are robot.txt- excluded from Google’s crawl, which means that many copyrighted and not intended for public use images end up there. best bet is using CreativeCommons search engine, or adding them to your Firefox search bar.
Also, support independent photographers or join the crowdsourcing revolution yourself at iStockPhoto, a marketplace of original royalty-free photos at low-cost. (Some fair deals at Getty Images as well.)
TechSoup recently posted this detailed FAQ about grabbing images from the Web.
lohan image from headexplodie’s flickr