Copying or duplicating may be one of the three basic editing tools everyone needs to know, but when it comes to copying other people’s content you need to make sure that you get permission. We all know what using other people’s work without permission and proper attribution is called – plagiarism. And unless you want to get slapped with an expensive lawsuit that can land you deep in debt, you’d better start respective copyright laws.
There are cases though when you can use other people’s photos without getting into trouble, that is when the image is licensed under an open source license such us Creative Commons. However, note that there are fine distinctions with each license so make sure that the license specifies that you can modify or adapt the work and use is as part of your own if you intend to do any photo editing and not use the picture as is.
Image via Creative Commons