When you develop a website for a client, if you create it from scratch and present them with design options that include photo images, do you make it a point to inform the client on where the images came from and how they can license the images to use on their site assuming they want to keep them?
Are the images you use in web design mock ups typically part of the final website, or is it standard that they server as place holders and the client's know they need to find and purchase any images they want on the site when it goes live?
I ask because I am having a website developed and we picked our design from mock ups the development company created and presented to us. I'm not a design person myself and at that time I did not think about image ownership.
Now we are in the testing stages. Coincidentally I read a getting fined big bucks for using images they don't own on their websites.
When I asked my development company if we have legal rights to the images, they said no, do a Google search if you want to know where the images came from. I could not find the original source that way and asked again and they said we needed to go find and use our own images. (Put the in through the CMS.)
Can any web pros in here tell me if you have a process in place for dealing with images? Do you expect clients to already know they need to find and license images and they are not something you consider it your responsibility to bring up?