Avoid litigation when using images
Breach of copyright and model permission
When using images on your website, it is important to obtain the correct permissions so as not to breach copyright laws.
Here are a few simple rules that I recommend you observe. This is not an exhaustive list and should not be considered legal advice.
Images of people
- If you are using an image showing recognisable faces, get written permission via a model release form from those people (or their parents if they are children). Even if the image has come from a free image website, it is not worth the risk of incurring legal action. Refer to the Christian Science Website Guidelines for tips and information also.
Images found on the internet
- Do not “steal” images found on the internet via search engines etc. You could be in breach of copyright and your branch could be sued.
- Avoid images that include any trademarks or copyrighted works. Logos or objects in the photo with logos on them can fall into this category.
- You must have a licence to use the Cross and Crown trademark. See the Applying for licenses tutorial for more information. The Cross and Crown may not be used as a favicon or avatar, even if you have a license to place it on your website.
Images sourced from other websites
- Linking to another website does not automatically mean you can use the images displayed there. For example, if you are linking to a page on ChristianScience.com you cannot copy the images on that page and use them as your link image without permission.
- The exception to this is the Daily Lift logo, which I have already requested permission to use. It should only be used to link to the Daily Lift page on ChristianScience.com.
- Book covers sourced from the CSPS Online Shop are okay to use to promote those products – more information is contained in the Christian Science Website Guidelines.
- If you want to use an image from ChristianScience.com or JSH-Online.com, and are unsure if it is okay to use, email email@example.com.
Links to further guidelines
- Website Guidelines on ChristianScience.com.
- Legal guide for photographers and photography businesses (Australia).
- Permissions page on JSH-Online.
- Guidelines for social media on ChristianScience.com.