Q: Am I allowed to use copy righted photos on Medium, a blogging website? It’s like YouTube, you can make money
A: No, in fact that is the very thing you cannot do with a copyrighted photo. You cannot use it for your own profit. There are companies that go around threatening people with lawsuits for using other people's copyrighted images on their websites and blogs. Often it is a bluff but it is stressful and distracting to get those letters, and there is the possibility of being sued. If you make any real money off of a copyrighted image then you stand to lose it in a lawsuit.
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