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Q: Is sharing a website through a zoom video conference ok?

I'm doing virtual tours of New York. 10 people pay me 10 usd and we connect to zoom for an hour where I show 360 pictures and talk about the city. Through zoom I share my chrome browser and show the website, that has lots of 360 pictures. I am not downloading anything from their website, I'm sharing their website picture through zoom. Am I allowed to do that? Should I have to pay the website owner for it?

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Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Miami, FL

A: The exclusive rights granted to copyright holders include the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. Displaying images without permission may be deemed copyright infringement. It is important to obtain permission prior to use to avoid lawsuits and hefty penalties. Many websites include a Terms & Conditions/ Terms of Use page where you can find information on obtaining permission/license to display the images/website sections. You may begin there. However do not assume that the website itself owns the copyright and/or is legally displaying the images. Alternatively, search for images in the public domain that may be used for free (terms may apply) and/or websites that sell bulk licenses.

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