Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Using Pictures from the Web

I'm not sure what the odds are of someone suing me over pictures on my blog. On the other hand, I'm sure that Roni Loren never thought it could happen to her either. I read her story about being sued over the use of pictures on her blog last week.

Click here to read Roni's story.

It scared me. I've never used a picture with anything but the thought of adding to my own content. I've always credited the website where I grabbed it. But that's not necessarily crediting the photographer. Or getting permission to use it.

As a creative person, I thought about how I would feel if someone used something I created without permission. And I decided to go through and take down any blog pictures that I couldn't credit or use with the creators permission. I opted to leave up book covers and head shots.

I'm not quite done yet. I have over 400 blog posts, so it's taking a bit of time. Many of my blog posts don't have pictures or images, but I'm viewing each and every one.

I've started to keep a library of my own pictures to use on my own blog.

What do you think? What pictures do you use?


Heather Kelly said...

I am doing the same. Thanks for linking to that story--now that I know....

Laura Pauling said...

The day after I read that post, I went through and took down any pictures from my blog except book and movie covers. I hadn't used a lot - mainly for that reason. I knew which ones were suspicious. And now to read that Creative Commons can't be trusted either.

Michelle Cusolito said...

I read her story, too. It's a good lesson for all of us.

I've only used:
1. My own photographs or photographs taken by my friends/family who gave me permission to use them. (I'm an amateur photographer so it suits my interests). I also ask permission from parents before posting photos of children who aren't my own.
2. Book covers for books I love and want to share. I don't review books, rather I share books I like that relate to my content. I assume publishers, authors, illustrators would like me to say positive things about their books and possibly lead to sales.