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Do I need to get permissions for copyrights for doing this ?.

What I want to do is , create an app that shows some pictures from the internet.

Now these will be just from a random site..

Say I want a section on optical illusions...now if you Google that you'll see a hundred sites with the same images....
They can't all be possibly having the copyright of say one work of art or a single Jpeg or something ?

If I say, copy the pics, and put them on my apps, could I possibly be in any legal trouble ?
Will simply citing the sources be enough ?

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Simply "citing the sources" is NOT enough.

If you are using someone else's pictures, you should get their permission ... whether or not the app is free, or you charge for it ... because you are using the photos for a business.

And yes, if you use copyrighted photos without permission ... you can be fined or even sent to jail.

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If your app is free, then you shouldn't be in any trouble.

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Not that simple and I do not agree.
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In addition to MinimiMax's answer, citing the sources would also put you in a good position for your app to be legal.

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I don't agree.
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