Friday, 3 August 2012

The Dangers of Using External Images on your Blog

Courtesy of : jimmyloy.wordpress.com



I've recently gained a fellow blogger as a follower (wow, that rhymed rather nicely) by the name of David Powers King. Perusing his blog I read his latest article regarding the use of images taken from the internet. It makes for very informative and disturbing reading concerning the copyright issues of such a practice.

So I'm providing the link here to David Powers King: The Cosmic Lair of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the article in question. I seriously suggest you read it. David helpfully provides links to several sites for trouble-free use of images and photos.

6 comments:

  1. Well as you know, I take most of my photos and I have been distressed to see them being used w/o my permission b/c our blogs are powered by google, so google imaging things pulls stuff off everyone's blogs. I was on Facebook one day and saw that one of my friends commented on a photo, on a page that I didn't belong to, but it was MY photo. I was frickin PISSED.

    As it turns out, the person running the page was a classmate and he told me that he googled the phrase 'Jarves Street Christmas' and my photo came up so he saved and used it on his FB page. I had used it on my blog years ago to show what the holidays looked like in my hometown 'back in the day'. He credited me accordingly but I was pretty upset. Now that photo that I use as the header on my blog has been shared and used by other bloggers, some w/ my permission, some w/o. It's a slippery slope. You want to put your photos out there, but once they are on the web, there's not much you can do to protect them.

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  2. Over the past 3 weeks, lots of writers have been blogging about this topic.
    A bestselling author was sued for using somebody else's pics on her blog. Read her story here: www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/7/20/bloggers-beware-you-can-get-sued-for-using-pics-on-your-blog.html

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  3. Toni's story is making the rounds. I had to take down a lot of images off my Pinterest page because of it, but I also emailed a lot of artists who gave me permission to pin, which was great.

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  4. Hey Mark! Hope you're doin well. It's really scary but I'm glad we are all becoming more aware of what we can and cant do on our blogs.

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  5. As someone who uploads a lot of photos to the web, I'm very conscious of this. To my knowledge, I never had anything stolen and I publish most under a CC licence anyway, but that "I found this via Google, so I can use it"-idea bugs me.

    Flickr is another really awesome resource for photos. You can actually search for photos published under a CC licence http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/?
    and there's tons of useable stuff there.

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  6. Appreciate your input peeps. It certainly seems to be dangerous ground, but I think it's all about awareness, but not only that, I think it will make us, as bloggers, more resourceful and also independent in the production of our own imagery.

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