Ever since the rightful rule of adding a source for every image that gets uploaded to the forum, I can’t help to notice some individuals putting the image source as “Source: Google Images” or “Source: Search up XX on Google”. I’m sorry to break it to you guys, but this isn’t a an actual source.
For the purpose of this particular explanation let’s pretend you took a photo of a new secret Boeing 797 test aircraft. Let’s also assume you have Instagram, or a website where you post your posting photos. When you’re building a website, you usually have a section dedicated to Alternative Text, which also determines your ranking on Google (similar to hashtags on Instagram). So, because search engines like Google cannot actually “see” your amazing new image of the Boeing 797 test aircraft (it’s all automated; they’re robots!) they need a way to order those images based on the relatedness to your request.
Let’s also assume your Boeing 797 test aircraft photo is the real deal. It gets many views, likes and you get many followers on Instagram. Because your photo gets this much attention, whenever someone types in their Google Search bar “Boeing 797 test aircraft” your picture pops up first (because you put Boeing 797 test aircraft in your alternative text). Should be a proud moment for you…
But then, some guy from FictionalForumName decides to tell everyone about the new Boeing 797 test aircraft. He googles “Boeing 797 test aircraft” and picks your picture, posts it on FictionalForumName, and then writes:
Image Source: Google Images
or, even better:
How do you feel now? This guy posted your amazing Boeing 797 test aircraft photo and credited “Google” instead of you! Did Google take the photo? I think not…
All of the stuff that you find on Google Images belong to someone. Credit them accordingly.