Let’s talk about copyright infringement guys!
I’ve already written a post on what to do when you’re work gets used (stolen) without your permission last year, but as it still happens to me and other illustrators so many times I think it’s time to bring this topic up again and dive in a bit deeper.
Why I am writing this blog post? Two reasons. One is that the work of an artist is their livelihood and needs to be respected in order for them to earn a living. The second reason is that it’s good for people that use images from the internet to know what they’re dealing with and that it can cost a lot of money if you don’t use it correctly. So, this is for both sides: the creator and the user.

But before getting into the nitty-gritty, let me explain in just one sentence what the rule (and law) is:

You can not use an image you found on the internet without permission of the copyright owner.

Yes, it’s that simple. It’s not rocket science 🙂 So, let’s dive into it deeper now!

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Because of the internet everything seems to be free these days. It’s tricky because for your know it, you’ll be stealing someone else’s property. It’s a crime if you use an image that you randomly found on Google and use it for your blog/product/company.
But what if you’re the maker of this image? I can imagine you feel helpless and don’t know what to do. But you can do a lot and you’re fully in your right to do so.

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