A Cautionary Tale of using images off the Web – Buzzfeed Edition

6e6da28a06cfd7aea20a3cc393ef1182Buzzfeed, the popular Internet aggregator of funny lists accompanied by photographs/GIFs, (Full disclosure: I’m a regular reader) has found itself in recent copyright troubles both small time and big time – the small time problem (but funny) can be found here while the more serious and not so funny (if your Buzzfeed’s legal department) can be found here  and here. While neither situation looks like it is going to seriously affect Buzzfeed’s bottom line both situations remind us that it is better to use original content, content that is in the public domain, create your own content, use fair use where appropriate or seek permission from the creator – lots of different options on the table.

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