Monday, July 23, 2012

Paranoia...maybe, but still

This weekend I read this...Bloggers Beware: You Can get used for using pictures on your blog over at Roni Loren's blog. 

I suggest you read it. Like, now.

As for me, I haven't prettied up my website or blog because I've always been worried about doing something wrong and violating someones rights.

What I've learned is just because it's on the internet doesn't make it up for grabs.  Be careful. Look at the fine print (which I usually don't) and be aware.  After reading Roni's post, I deleted most of my visual boards over at Pinterest. Maybe I'm paranoid, who knows? But at this point I decided to follow my gut. There are some non-royalty paying sites you can go to and buy rights to pictures and visuals. It's not that expensive. Or better yet...take your own.  Let your blog and website be about you, and what you represent.

What do you think? Have I lost my marbles?

17 comments:

  1. What you say is true. I try to use my own pictures but not at all times. While I believe the chances are slim of getting hauled in behind a picture, I believe you're correct in using them at a minimum or snagging them from a free site.

    Be careful, lock those doors, and keep a mindful eye for the Internet police. lol

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  2. No, you're not being paranoid. I spent a great deal of time this weekend checking my blog pictures and taking down anything I wasn't sure of. I also unpinned a bunch of stuff on Pinterest -- which I'd only just joined a couple weeks ago. Looks like that was a waste of time, huh?

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  3. Such a shame, isn't it? My blog looks so boring now, LOL! Gonna do some "construction" and get different pics...

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  4. I purchase stock photos for my blog. I've collected a couple of handfuls over the years (I like changing the look of my site, lol), so I've used them as well as book and movie covers (which are allowed), and my own photos in my posts. I still have to comb through my posts from April, but there are ways to add images that are safe. Check out the links on Roni's blog for some of them. So sorry she had to go through this, but it's a good reminder to those who were aware and not diligent, and a great lesson to those who didn't know. :)

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  5. Poor Roni! We've been told - by people who don't know what they're talking about - that if it's on the web, it's not copyrighted. But it is.

    It's a shame that person sued, though, when she tried so hard to comply with his wishes.

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  6. Exactly! That's why I use public domain or Creative Commons (with attribution) images. You're not paranoid. :)

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  7. No, you're not paranoid. I went through all my posts, too. Better safe than sorry. Luckily, I use a lot of my photos on posts.

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  8. You haven't lost your marbles at all. I read the same thing and it made me a bit paranoid. I think maybe I'll just use pictures I take from now on.

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  9. It's better to be safe than sorry. =) Thanks for your comments.

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  10. This is the reason I have avoided using Pinterest. I don't trust it.
    You're not paranoid, just smart.

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  11. You have to be careful, but also keep in mind that some things are posted in order to be shared.

    I don't agree with those who say that if it's on the net it's okay, because it isn't. Everything is copyrighted unless you're told otherwise...or you post it on facebook, which is a sharing site. That said, if the poster does make it clear that it is copyrighted, as professional photographers do, then you still can't borrow it.

    If in doubt, make sure you reference the site you borrowed it from, or don't take it all. But also remember, that if you aren't making money from using the image, then it's probably okay.

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  12. As an addendum to that, writer's blogs are about selling, so you are likely to be in hot water if you use photos without permission.

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  13. I know exactly what you mean. That's why I get 99% of from flickr.

    :-)

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  14. Some great thoughts. I've never sifted through flickr. Will check it out.

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  15. You are definitely not paranoid and thank you for putting this out there, as I had heard people mentioning something but had no idea, I will be going through my blog removing any pictures that aren't mine.
    thank you so much for sharing.
    love and hugs Joss xx

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  16. Yes, I saw this too. Kind of scary! I think I'll create my own pics to use on my blog, now, or go to the Public Domain sites such as Wikimedia.

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