Copyright law is widely ignored in this internet era. Have you ever seen a cute pic online and “borrowed” it for a simple illustration of something that you happen to be doing online?
Many people think that if they find an image using Google then they can happily use it.
The fact is that ALL photography (and original art and literature) is copyright from the moment it’s created. The right to publish it (online or elsewhere) belongs to he/she who created it – it’s the same as any other kind of property.
This is a subject which deserves more publicity, and in my recent Telegraph blog, I wrote about an occasion when I was sent a legitimate bill by a photographer after I’d inadvertently used an image without permission.
You can read my article about my own experience with copyright law by clicking here.