Starting a Business

Do I need permission to use images from the web in my online magazine?

min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
The general rule is that you need permission to use anything that anyone else created -- images, text, video, etc. -- regardless of where you find it. There are narrow exceptions if, for example, you're using the images for commentary (what's known as "fair use") or if the image has a creative commons (or other freeware) license. If you're planning to go into the world of online media, copyright infringement is a huge (and costly) issue to run afoul of. Align yourself with an intellectual property attorney -- even if it's to get the basic consultations -- so that you can steer clear of the pitfalls.

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.