Our aim is to provide our subscribers with high-resolution, royalty-free images. All our images are captioned with as much detail as we can offer regarding their legal status. We recommend that editors compare our information with their publication’s standards, to avoid legal issues.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarifications.
We offer images in several distinct levels of certainty, in terms of their copyright status.
1. Images that accompany press releases, or images on government agency websites, where it can be safely assumed that the provider is interested in their dissemination.
2. Wikipedia Commons images, which are free for all, provided user includes credit.
3. Flickr images which have been rated “Commercial use allowed” by the photographer or cartoonist. We upload these images with precise information regarding the provider, as well as a full link to their Flickr page.
4. Images from public figures’ Facebook pages or blogs. In these cases we avoid images that were originally offered by news agencies, and use only images that clearly belong to the Facebook page owner.
5. Screenshots from YouTube videos. These, admittedly, are the trickiest, and you would need to consult your own legal adviser about how safe they are to use. The use of web screenshots in general is being widely debated these days, after a much publicized exchange between Lady Gaga and a certain blogger over the latter’s use of the singer’s website screenshot.
We generally do not use website screenshots as illustrations, but we do offer a website screenshot in cases where the website itself is in the news (such as in a case of hacking).
We do offer screenshot illustrations in cases where we’ve exhausted all other sources, but we will not use a news agency image which the video artist has used.
Our everyday use of YouTוbe video screenshots usually focuses on interview videos where the subject is also the subject of our news story. In these cases we rely on the fact that the entire video is being offered with embedding information, meaning the owner wants users to disseminate the video via their own Internet outlets.
In attempting to preserve the rights of the video provider, we caption the screenshot of their work with full credit, including the complete URL so editors (and possibly readers) may use our story to access the video.
Having stated all of the above, in all cases, should you be approached by an irate photographer/videographer, we recommend that you remove the image in question, and ask that you inform us at your earliest convenience, so that we may alert our other subscribers.
IMPORTANT: Do not link to our images. If you wish to use an image, please copy it and upload the image to your own site. Do not use JNi.Media as an image server.