|My picture taken of one of the 83 old water fountains|
in Paris then edited in PicMonkey
- Assume that an image is Copyright Protected until proven otherwise
- The Copyright on virtually all photos belongs to someone - you must seek permission to use it/them
- If you don't know who owns the photo, don't use it
- Just because something is published on the Internet, it doesn't mean it's Public Domain - that only refers to a work that is 70+ years old
- In terms of law, ignorance is no excuse
- Never use pictures from Google Search. (This is where Roni's troubles began). Google passes on responsibility for copyright to the website where it is used (I used to think that if I did a Google Free Image Search it was okay to use - I've since removed all these 'illegal' images)
- If you get permission to use a picture, keep records, in case you still get sued (copyright changes hands)
- All pictures are the intellectual property of the creator
- Fair Use mainly refers to schools and other educational institutions, not the fact that you only stole 1 of 10 photos from a particular photographer
- if you link back to the source and list the photographer's name
- if the picture is not full-sized (only thumbnail size is okay)
- if you did it innocently
- if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
- if you didn't claim the photo was yours
- if you've added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
- if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
- if you have a disclaimer on your site.
- if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn't absolve you.)
I was a great fan of Picnik until Google+ took it over and called it Creative Kit, joined at the hip with Picasa. Kept most of Picnik's bells and whistles but no frames available. I recently found PicMonkey which is pretty good, fun, easy to use, but restricted re font choice (Creative Kit much better here). I have fancier programs such as Corel Draw and Paint Shop Pro but they are too unwieldy if I just want a quick edit.
You can also offer your photos on Flickr and other photo-sharing sites for use by others.I'll do this if I ever find the time!
Further to that, believe it or not people often have to prove the photo they've used is theirs. If your camera doesn't have time, date, place embedded on your photos, how do you prove you own it? It sounds crazy to me, but if you google 'eiffel tower' you'll see lots of practically identical photos taken by different people. Buildings don't change much.
|One of AlanAyers artworks. Perfect site for those who use prompts for flash fiction or are looking for a great book cover. A simple site to navigate, unlike some.|
alanayers.com (My favourite - fantastic for romantic, suspense, scenes and general photos - only free if you're not making money out of the image and you attribute. For commercial use, you pay).
Roni got a gazillion questions from book reviewers re the legality of using book covers. This was generally accepted as okay as what publisher would sue you for publicising their client's book? On the other hand, someone was probably paid to create the cover and may get snarky. Hmm.
So...the furore created by Roni's predicament highlighted the danger of Pinterest and Tumblr, (luckily I've resisted their siren call), where images are pinned from anywhere and everywhere. There were suggestions to google this phrase: 'Why I tearfully deleted my Pinterest inspiration'. Pinterest's terms and conditions state that legal liability of pinning is 100% on you, the user. Plus you have to cover 'their' legals if someone sues them!
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|Created using a Kakadu photo of Australian Aboriginal Rock Art, edited in|
PicMonkey - no copyright on ideas, Ruth Carter. Or is there?
- What do you think of this debate?
- Do you have a favourite photo-sharing site?
- Have you ever received a DMCA notice?
- What photo editing programs do you like to use?