You’re a celebrity addict, and want nothing more than to be the next Perez Hilton, right? And you also love the color pink, and want your celebrity blog to be covered in it. Or maybe you’re just a celebrity renegade that wants to unleash tons of celebrity smut, and make a little money doing it.
So you acquire your domain name, and start blogging about who’s sleeping with who, who’s DUI or addictions are wrecking their life (yet making them millions of extra dollars they really don’t need.) And yes, you post so much the list of celebs that you created as categories is longer than the list of Heidi Fleiss’ employees… that Charlie Sheen alone seems to know.
Traffic is starting to pick up, you have even been buzzed a time or two by Yahoo, and you think you are in the process of developing a killer celebrity blog.
You don’t have any images on your site, and celebrity blogs NEED images to succeed. Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t you, right?
Ah, yes, peer pressure, like back in the day when someone told you to drink it because everyone was. What the heck, you do a Google Image Search on Paris Hilton and start saving every image you can to your desktop. It’s like Christmas morning, seeing over a million images of the jailed princess herself.
Can you image the database and photo album you can publish with all of those images from Google? Now before you get all hot and bothered by this, spend a few minutes to check out these fine articles:
Perez Hilton Sued By The Paparazzi
Access Hollywood | Blogger Perez Hilton Sued For Copyright Infringement
Web Host Drops Celebrity Blog PerezHilton.com After Copyright Complaints
Yes, let me cut to the chase. And I’ll do it quickly, before you get sued, or sent a Cease and Desist letter. Just because your friends drink alcohol (or partake in any other illegal activity) and get away with it doesn’t mean you will be so lucky.
You see, a majority (if not 99%) of the celebrity images found on Google, MSN or Yahoo image search are there illegally. Which means if you take stolen property, that makes you a thief too. And to be quite honest, it’s really not worth taking the risk. But if you feel the need to walk on slippery rocks, don’t be surprised if you fall.
Here’s the best part.
It’s preventable, and it can be preventable cheaply. For $50/month you can have access to thousands of celebrity images, and you can place them all over your celebrity blog without the fear of being sued. I’d like to introduce to you one of my bestest friends in the celebrity blogging world…
Friends, meet PR Photos. PR Photos, meet my friends…
Originally posted on July 30, 2007 @ 6:00 am