(July 02, 2012)
Here is another micro task I outsourced to Fiverr end of last year. For another website of mine, I have used Creative Common pictures from Flickr which didn’t cost anything. I was looking for higher quality stock photos, only to see they are pretty expensive. Then I stumbled on this Fiverr task:
A guy called “100K” made this Gig:
I investigated. I wrote back and forth with him and then I just bought the Gig.
It goes pretty fast spending five dollars on Fiverr because you can literally buy a Gig with one click.
Anyways, after I explained to him what the pictures should be showing, I indeed got a very nice archived download with more than 80 high quality stock photos. They were not branded in any way, high quality and high resolution.
Then I got stuck: I did not know where the pictures came from and if would get into trouble using them.
I decided to ask the “100 K” guy if he knew about the copyright details to use the stock photos.
That’s where he was not much of a help. Here is what he said:
“Yes. You can use these pictures at anywhere you want without any license. As you know I provide pictures to my customers without any kinds of rights. It’s 100% legal.
As you have already heard downloading is not a crime if it’s used for people’s right. That’s what I do.”
What? Yes or No?!
This is gibberish!
And also it is nonsense.
I realized that I had bought material which I could not use legally.
This Gig really sounded great. Like a great deal. People left awesome feedback for him and everything looked fine. Only that you couldn’t use the results without fear of someone filing a complaint against you.
Is there any method I can use these pictures anyways?
This is one the question I asked to my virtual assistant.
Here is what he thinks about it:
What is your opinion on this?
What will you do with 80 high resolution stock photos that you just bought for five dollars? Would you either discard the photos or ignore your investment of $5 or would you try to find a way to make a use of them.
I will love to hear your insights about it.