Risk Management for Nonprofits: Copyright

When web designers have an email from another nonprofit saying they don’t mind if you use one of their images, are you ok to use the image?

Risk Management for Nonprofits: Copyright
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When is it okay to use someone else’s intellectual property?

Your nonprofit is building a website. The web designer finds a great image that embodies your nonprofit’s mission exactly.

The web designer downloads the image from a website of a nonprofit that does similar work, and the other nonprofit has provided an email saying they don’t mind if you use the image.

True or false: Based on this you are free to use the image with no risk of being sued for intellectual property infringement.

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Chris Reed is Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel for Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA), in Santa Cruz, CA. He is an experienced corporate attorney and business advisor, with expertise in corporate matters, contract law, all aspects of IP law, employment law, and insurance. He is an experienced investigator, having worked for the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation.

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