Found a cool image: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/urban-crowds-of-people-from-above-royalty-free-image/1180113568

There are many jurisdictions:

  • Twitter jurisdiction
  • Getty Images jurisdiction
  • my jurisdiction
  • author jurisdiction

But I don't want to spend loads of dollar everytime I tweet an image.

What does the IP & copyright & internet law say in 2021?

  • Is there a reason you think Twitter posts might somehow be exempt from copyright? – Studoku Apr 24 at 19:22
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    "Royalty Free" doesn't mean you don't have to pay for it before you use it, it just means that after you buy a license, you don't have to pay each time you use it. – Ron Beyer Apr 24 at 19:26
  • @Studoku I think it is me asking a question. One could argue that copyright is applicable for commercial products. Twitter is entertainment. Non commercial. If I was making money from it - yes, I need to pay. Posting on Twitter? Illustrational purpose only. Free of charge. Unsure. Therefore question. – Figuring things out Apr 24 at 22:43
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    That's absolutely not how copyright works, copyrights are not just to protect commercial use... – Ron Beyer Apr 24 at 23:18
  • If you don't want to spends loads of dollars every time you tweet an image, don't tweet copyrighted images. – bdb484 Apr 25 at 0:10

Reproducing someone else's copyrighted material without permission is a violation of that copyright. This includes using it to promote your Twitter account. This is a violation of copyright law and of Twitter's TOS.

There may be Fair Use exceptions- this question is arguably fair use. However, it's extremely unlikely your intended post counts.

In the case of the image in question, royalty-free means you pay for a single licence for that image and can then use it as much as you want (according to that licence). You can post that image in as many of your tweets as you like- you don't have to pay each time.

If you don't want to pay for images you use, use public domain images, images with licenses that allow you to use them, or create them yourself.


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