As a continuation of the Excuses, Excuses series, one excuse deserves its own blog entry:
12. An amazing number of infringers claim that they didn’t know that the photograph was protected by copyright because they copied it from a Google Images search. But Google itself explains that:
The images displayed in a Google Image Search may be protected by copyright, so we can’t grant you the right to use them for any purpose other than viewing them on the web. If you’d like to use images from our image search, we suggest contacting the site’s webmaster to obtain permission.
Well, that’s mostly right. The webmaster likely doesn’t own the copyright, but hopefully the webmaster will direct the potential client to who does!
HT: Royce Howland