You should assume any and all content, text, illustrations and photographs you see on websites right across the internet have copyright restrictions. Ignoring these can result in litigation costing you potentially thousands of pounds in damages. It is technically possible to copy an image from another website. In fact, it is a trivial task to download an image. However, re-publishing that is probably an infringement on the copyright owners rights.
All the content on your website should have the owners permission for publication!
There are numerous stock libraries where one can source excellent images for just a few pounds, they're usually licensed but this allows you to re-publish. An even better option is to hire a professional photographer to create a port-folio for you. Often using images shot by customers (again with permission) or on your behalf by staff can add a warmth to your website which the stock libraries could never emulate.
A combination of stock and your own images
We tend to identify key pages within your website and assign professional images, this maximizes the impact of the website to the readers, then as the reader follows content threads introducing your own images adds a personal touch. The reader can then have a rounded sense of who you are, what you do and of course how you can help.
IP : Intellectual Property (rights there of)
A much more complex subject than image, text or audio copyright. Intellectual Property can be practically anything of potential value. It's not unusual for two or more people or companies to get the same idea. So this is where patents and proof of concept becomes important. There is some great information on this at the governments IPO website, click here to read that now.
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