Because Facebook is intended to be a site where people can locate each other, its policy requires you to use your legal name. This implies you can't make up or use someone else's name. Similarly, while you are not obligated to use a photograph of yourself, you are not permitted to use photographs of others. The fact that many other users do so does not change this rule.
While using your own name is a Facebook guideline, you may use any image for your profile photo as long as it is not an image that someone else has the rights to or an image that is objectionable according to Facebook's standards.
Without specific authorization, Facebook does not allow the usage of the complete "Facebook" name logo. You must fill out a permission request form if you wish to use the logo on your website (see Resources). You can also use this form to request specific permissions for all brand logos, such as placement in films or on commercial items.
Any images you take in public—defined as any location where individuals have no reasonable expectation of privacy—can be uploaded to Facebook without first obtaining permission. If you know the person in the photo, ask if they object if the photo is posted on Facebook. Otherwise, obtain written permission from the person before posting their image on Facebook.
If you post an image without permission, we may not display it or give it priority treatment. Instead, we may use it in advertising or other products or services that we think will be more relevant to you.
You can request that we not use your image by contacting us at [email protected] However, if you contact us after such a post has been made, we cannot remove it for you.
Such photos are also available through our Image Search tool. To find them, search for images on Facebook and then click on the "View Larger Photos" link next to each result.
If you share a photo that you did not take, you may be infringing on someone's copyright. According to the Facebook Terms of Service, "you will not publish material or engage in any conduct on Facebook that infringes or violates the rights of others or otherwise violates the law."
If you post an image on Facebook and it contains copyrighted material, you may be violating its licensing agreement if you don't have permission from the owner of the copyright to use the image. The social network has been known to send out notices to users who it believes have violated this agreement by sharing copyrighted images without permission.
In addition to sending legal notices, Facebook also provides tools for users to report photos that they believe contain copyrighted material. If a large number of people report a particular image as containing copyrighted material, then Facebook may remove it from public view.
While some information is rigorously restricted, the vast majority of content is merely labeled as "public." According to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, every photograph submitted with the public setting implies that the image is open for viewing and use by anyone—-including you. The only restriction is that you cannot sell or otherwise commercially exploit the images.
This means that if you post a photo on Facebook it can be used by advertisers or others for purposes such as advertising online or in print media. So long as you are credited as the photographer, any issues with copyright infringement should be resolved with your employer, not with Facebook. However, if you object to this usage you may choose to change the privacy setting on the photo.
In addition, Facebook users upload hundreds of millions of photos each month. If you're looking to distribute stock photography, Facebook is an excellent resource. It's easy to find high-quality photographs available for use by companies looking to advertise on Facebook.
The website How To Post Facebook Photos offers further advice on how to optimize your photos for web distribution.
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According to Smith, this is not the case. He stated that stealing someone else's photo from a social network website and reposting it without permission, even if you are in the image, is illegal. "They're exploiting the photograph when they don't have authorization to," Smith explained. "That is a violation of copyright."
However, he also mentioned that if you do use another person's image on Facebook without permission, that you should make sure that they aren't known for their love of photography first. "If they've got a lot of images on their page, then you might want to avoid using theirs," he said. "Even if you try to find out if they'd be okay with it, it's still a good idea to get permission before you use someone's photo."
Furthermore, he went on to say that if you do use someone's image on Facebook without permission and they object, then you should take down the post immediately. "If someone objects to your use of their image, take it down," he said. "Don't just ignore them - acknowledge that you received permission from them to use their image and that you should not have done so without permission in the first place."
Finally, he warned against people who use services such as FreeImages.org or Pixabay.com to steal images from elsewhere on the Internet. "These sites exist so that people can share photos online free of charge," he said.