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    VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    I got a scare today.

    In the mail came a note from Getty Images, basically charging CF for $1600.

    This came to us as the result of two images that were posted by a couple of our users back in 2012.

    POINT: Stealing copyrighted images off of the net and posting them on this site is not acceptable. Period. So PLEASE, I beg you, do not do it. If it ain't yours and/or you don't have permission to use it, don't post it.

    The good news is that I explained to Getty what our site was, how this happened and we removed the photos immediately. We were not required to pay the $1600 fine.

    Thanks for your time.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Lol

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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    How does that even work? People post pictures all the time, how is anyone supposed to know if it's a copyrighted picture that can't be used?



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    How does that even work? People post pictures all the time, how is anyone supposed to know if it's a copyrighted picture that can't be used?
    This was going to be my inquiry. I'm assuming if its from Google or Bing its fair game?



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    I am in the process of reaching out to some lawyers to see what is fair game, what is not.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    all your pictures are belong to us


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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    That's fairly vigilant, albeit tardy, on their part. Glad you were able to work it out.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    That's just insane. I don't see any way that that would ever hold up in court. If it was on the internet, didn't have a copyright blatantly listed on the photo itself I don't know how you could ever have to pay unless they could PROVE you were the person who posted it first. I'm curious to hear what you find out.


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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    If I can't post funny pictures anymore my posts per day is going to decrease dramatically, and that can not happen. We must assemble the finest team of internet picture lawyers the world has ever seen.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    I got a scare today.

    In the mail came a note from Getty Images, basically charging CF for $1600.

    This came to us as the result of two images that were posted by a couple of our users back in 2012.

    POINT: Stealing copyrighted images off of the net and posting them on this site is not acceptable. Period. So PLEASE, I beg you, do not do it. If it ain't yours and/or you don't have permission to use it, don't post it.

    The good news is that I explained to Getty what our site was, how this happened and we removed the photos immediately. We were not required to pay the $1600 fine.

    Thanks for your time.
    Not trying to get off track here, but I've always wondered if you spell out the word Period and then put a period after it, is that like saying "Period period". Is the second one for extra emphases.

    Back on topic, I'm with 3TrueFans. So many images are stolen and reposted by other sites and the one you find has no resemblance of being copyrighted or stolen. You can't assume that everything is copyrighted can you?



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    I am in the process of reaching out to some lawyers to see what is fair game, what is not.
    The person who takes the photo owns the photo. If you copy it without permission, you do so at your peril -- you'd better hope it goes unnoticed, is within the fair use exception (good luck), or the copyright holder doesn't care.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    google went to court and successfully defended that a hosting site/message board could not be held liable for what members posted.


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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    So how do sites like meme generators work? Do they just get sued nonstop?


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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Basically any internet forum that has ever existed is probably at risk of copyright claims from something at some point I'm guess.



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    Re: VERY IMPORTANT: All CF users please read

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    google went to court and successfully defended that a hosting site/message board could not be held liable for what members posted.
    Well there we go.



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