So you're a company who wants to use a really cool photo you saw on the Internet on your Insta or Twitter?

Super-awesome! 🤘

But hold on! Wait! Before you do, there's some things you need to do!
Firstly you need to find out who owns the copyright for the photo and get explicit permission for your use.

This doesn't mean posting the photo and crediting the account that you found that photo on. You need to seek permission first; from the actual copyright holder.
If you can't find the copyright holder then you can't use the image. Bummer! Sometimes images are in the "public domain" but these are different.

A Google reverse image search can help you here to track down who owns the image.
It's always good to get this in writing, even just an email, saying: "Could we have permission to use your photo on our Instagram feed with credit back to you?"

Also you're are a company who wouldn't want somebody to take your stuff for free and it's the same for photographers!
Also, why not offer to pay the photographer for using the photo? Even a credit at your store or, even better, some money. Why not offer straight away? It's classy.

OK, you're struggling and don't have much money to spend but imagine if people didn't pay you for your stuff?
After all, you're not just paying for what's on the image, you're paying for the experience, the skill, the effort, the equipment, and the time of the photographer which isn't free!
Additional: Some creative works are licenced for reuse under Creative Commons licencing, for example. You can *only* use images licenced under this type of licence if it allows commercial re-use and *only* change/modify the image if the licence allows that too.

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Here is a thought experiment.

Imagine every few times you walk out of the front door of your house somebody jumps out and screams "F*CKING C*NT" at you and swings a baseball bat at your head.
Not every time but very regularly. Now imagine how you'd start to feel just leaving your house; waiting for somebody to jump out and hurl abuse at you then swing a baseball bat at your head.

How would you feel leaving your front door?

Calm? On edge? Ready to fight back?
Imagine how this constant state of awareness and stress would affect you every single time you leave your front door.

You don't know if this will be the day you'll be abused or potentially hospitalised and you deal with this every single time you leave the house.
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