I have seen popular Facebook Pages with millions of followers like Eric's Creamy Memes, Meme Supreme, Wholesome Memes, Lean Mean Saucy Memes, Dankland, that post images that don't belong to public domain.

Some of the images even have a Shutterstock watermark on them - like this one.

The same can be said for hundreds of such FB/Twitter/Instagram accounts

Why don't they get any copyright strikes? Why doesn't Facebook takes these posts/pages down?


You can't, legally, but as you note, the practice is so pervasive that it's unlikely that you'll get in any particular financial trouble. From a moral and ethical point of view, though, please don't.

Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sharing sites don't aggressively take them down because... it's to their advantage to not to. Unlike movies and and music, there's no gigantic, well-funded legal organization forcing takedowns for when some photographer's work is misappropriated.

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