There are law agencies across the United States that have decided to enforce copyright laws that appear on-line for a huge profit. This means if you copy and paste a photo you can be subjected to a $150,000 fine or higher depending on what they think you should pay. This also includes articles, summaries of news releases, photos, etc.
This is for real as I personally know someone who received a legal letter stating they used a copyright photo without their clients permission. Along with this letter was a bill for $2,500. This fellow blogger could not believe it and removed the photo immediately from his blog. However, the letter also stated that removing the image did not release him from the damages he caused by using the photo.
I had my friend look up where he obtained the photo, it was from a website that disclaimed the photos were free to use. But these companies are slick. They find out what photo you have and then they copyright it and slap you with a copyright infringement suite.
This is a sad, sad day for bloggers around the world as money hungry attorneys seek easy money. For this reason my blogs may seem rather bland as I try to obtain my own original photos for my articles. I will not be posting any photos or content unless I have permission. Please be sure to read this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/business/media/03righthaven.html?ref=technology