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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Using Pictures for Your Blog (And Getting In Trouble)

©ourageously drawn by artist B.C. Matthews
I recently read a blog post from Roni Loren about getting sued for posting pictures on her blog. Since I realize that I've been indiscriminately swiping photos from the internet with absolutely no thought to who may or may not own the rights to it, you'll see some changes to the blog as I swap out the Google Images with either:

a) my own photos taken with my little Cannon point-and-shoot or

b) my own crudely drawn stick figure drawings illustrating that while I'm actually not half bad at sketching, painting, and kick-ass charcoal chiaroscuro, that I don't have time for that, and stick figures are hilarious anyway (also there will likely be an increase of unicorn drawings—you have been warned).

I'm currently unsure how copyright laws view movie posters and book covers, but I'll likely be taking those down too. I'm not actually a big fan of stock photos either, so it's unlikely that you'll see those at all.

Honestly, I'd never really thought about these images from Google as stolen. Like the author, I never really thought much about it in this interwebz instant media type world.

I have been schooled.

2 Comments:

At July 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM , OpenID danthonybrown.me said...

I'm going through my blogs and figuring out which pictures I have a right to use, making sure I give proper credits and links. Where I don't have credits or links, I toss out the picture. Better safe than have a lawsuit I can't afford.

 
At August 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Carmen said...

Scary stuff.

 

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