Cannot upload images from URLs and don’t want to steal

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    Hi, I’ve read other posts about not being able to upload images to my blog by adding an image link from a URL. I would say that 80 percent of my attempts result in a red X instead of the green check. These are images from Google images, Good Magazine, general interest sites. Am I doing something wrong or illegal? I’m happy to link the image back to their full article or site but cannot. I can only do this by copying the image and uploading (which seems like stealing). Here’s my latest link I can’t upload the image from:

    Thank you.

    The blog I need help with is



    Yes, you are doing something wrong: you are hotlinking, ie stealing bandwidth. The reason you’re getting red X’s is that those sites have disabled hotlinking (it could also be that you’re using the wrong URL; that example you’ve given is not an image URL).

    The fact that Google can find something does not mean it’s okay for you to take it.

    What you do is you save the image you want to your computer hard drive, then you upload it to your blog. Then, instead of Link to File or Link to Page, you clear out the link section and put in the link to the page on which you found the image. That is considered correct protocol; to be even more correct, include the URL in the caption so everyone can see “photo by John Doe at” or whatever.



    Bloggers are expected to be able to sort facts from fiction, so if you are a newcomer becoming familiar with copyright law is part of the territory. What you describe could well be copyright violations. Not only that but you appear to be attempting to “hotlink” to the images and if so that would amount to bandwidth theft.

    The same rules that apply to the world of print also apply in cyberspace. You cannot help yourself to the images on your neighbor’s wall in their home, and you cannot help yourself to their digital works on their website, without receiving prior permission.

    Succinctly stated whether or not the author of any original digital work has posted a copyright notice on their site or the work itself is irrelevant. Doing so is not legally required. It does not change the fact that they hold the copyright to their works and it cannot be re-published unless or until their prior permission for use has been granted. So unless you receive prior permission forom the copyright holder before using an image (or it is in the public domain) then you are violating copyright.

    I believe this article may be helpful: >
    Copyright basics for bloggers

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