Those of you familiar with this blog, will see that I have removed most of my previous images, except those which were my own. That's because I made the assumption that google images were copyright free. They are not!
As a writer, I understand the issue of copyright. I can't imagine how I'd feel if someone used my work without my permission. It goes the same with images - they belong to the person who made them and you need their permission. It doesn't matter whether it's a non-for-profit blog, twitter, Facebook, tumblr or pinterest. It's copyrighted.
Now this came as a shock to me. I honestly thought - like many others - that they were free, otherwise I would never have used them.
So, loaded with this new knowledge, I've decided to make greater use of the camera on my phone and create my own images. It may not be as professional, but at least I won't be keeping someone else's lawyer happy at my expense!
But, if you don't have the time for that, I suggest you try this site - http://researchcopyright.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/google-images-for-royalty-free-photos.html
Since posting this blog, I've managed to replace almost all my pictures from the reusable images on Google's Advanced Search site. The choice is excellent and many are better than the ones I'd used previously.