I was working on a website for a client, who was proofing by committee, with me present in the room. This should have been a warning to me when I saw that’s how they wanted to handle proofing. They are a lodging facility in a beautiful wooded location.
Client: This page needs some better photos. Can we put up some photos of deer and stuff? Like wildlife we would see on the property.
Me: Okay. Do you have some photographs of that? I can add it.
Client: No just Google it and get some.
Me: We can’t do that. There are copyright issues. I can look into royalty free stock photography, but there will be additional costs for that.
Client: No, it’s free on Google!
I then went into a lengthy explanation of copyright on images and why they can’t just STEAL other peoples’ photos. They sat there looking confused and finally, after about 15 minutes started nodding their heads like they were getting it.
About that time the caretaker of the property came in. One of them said, “Bob, do you have any pictures of wildlife or deer from around here? We need it for our website.”
Bob: No. Just Google it. There are free pictures all over Google. Just use the first one that pops up.
Clients: (in unison) That what we said!