When it comes to author website design, copyright issues are a major concern. This is particularly true when it comes to choosing photos. Clients often ask if it’s fair game to snag a photo from the Internet and use it on their website or blog. I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, but I can tell you with confidence that if you violate someone’s copyright, there are likely to be consequences. Penalties can range from a takedown notice to a lawsuit seeking substantial damages. As a general rule, assume an image found online is subject to copyright and unavailable to use to promote your book without securing the appropriate permission.