Opengraph image and license

by user4994   Last Updated October 18, 2019 16:04 PM

For our website, we sometimes re-syndicate articles and blog posts that mention our organization in our own blog on our site. We summarize the article, and include a link back to the original source.

To help speed creation of such blog posts, I created a feature that uses the opengraph protocol to pre-populate one of our blog posts. These are edited before they are published. Part of this feature is the usage of the image specified in the og:image tag. Basically, this feature is almost identical to what happens when one shares a link on Facebook, etc.

But, with this new feature, my organization has asked me about the licensing for the image grabbed from the og tag. I explained to them that the image is explicitly expressed as what should be used in an "image" preview of the article. My position was basically that, yes, the image is subject to copyright restrictions, as are all images, but when it is specified as the og:image in the opengraph protocol, then they are giving explicit permission to use in social media sharing.

However they want to be more certain about the licensing and copyright implications. I've done some googling, but I haven't found anything that specifically mentions copyright or licensing in regards to the og:image.

Is it okay to serve the og image when linking back to the original article or post?

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