Stock photos are professional photographs that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes. They are a cost-effective method for designers to obtain professional photos and images without the costs of hiring a photographer directly.
When you purchase a certain photo this way, you have to be aware that it doesn’t belong to you and only you. As a matter of fact others can also buy it and use it for their own purposes, and isn’t it a bummer when somebody uses the same photo, or the one from the same series, you used.
Well, I noticed just that while I was researching about spam and drugs. One of the spammer Web sites for selling drugs used a stock photo, to complement their design, from the same series as did Medical News Today. Medical News Today is, or at least they claim to be, the largest independent health and medical news website on the Internet, and on their site you can find many articles warning about dangerous of drugs sold through spam messages. Well, it made me laugh, cause it was kinda ironic. Check out the screen shots.
Did you notice the pretty lady? She can be in different places at the same time, selling illegal drugs or bring you the latest medical news.