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This past weekend some friends and I were discussing how some people use images from Pinterest, Facebook and Google Images. I shared a copyright infringement story with them, and told how shocked I have been recently to find so many of my images ‘shared’ on Pinterest. But I should be honored, right? Flattered that an award-winning photograph had been ‘pinned’ without my permission and uploaded, and basically been given to the world wide web to be used however they’d like! I think that that person who pinned the above image agreed before adding the image that they owned or had permission to share it.
This past week WordPress put their spotlight on reblogging and also on Using Other People’s Images. Both posts received a lot of interesting feedback, including a link to DON’T STEAL MY STUFF, DUDE – Laura at ‘Lolabees’ states her clear case and managed to make me chuckle at the end as well! Please read her post, a real eye opener for any blogger.
Sometimes people truly don’t realize they have violated a copyright; One of my friends this past week gasped when she realized that Google Images is not a grab-bag of public domain goodies!
Here’s a story from Roni Lauren who innocently used a “Google Image” and paid a very unfortunate price: “Well on one random post, I grabbed one random picture off of Google and then a few weeks later… ” Read her story here on Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued Using Photos You Don’t Own On Your Blog.
Virginia Debolt says, “Just as grievous –- that many pins are pulled directly from Google images, a clear violation of any copyrighted image.” See her article here: pinterest-and-intellectual-property-conundrum where she addresses the Pinterest Terms of Service to the uploader, “...You either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant… “
No one has asked me for permission or a release, so they must have assumed they were the exclusive owner! I think not! Do they even wonder how many years it took to win the trust of the howler moneys in order to get a photo like the one below? Imagine my shock when I opened someone’s post and found this cutie staring back at me with zero credits! I wrote the blogger, who immediately removed the image, but she never replied back!
Tara Bradford’s story of downloading her own image from Pinterest is interesting, and she also states, “But I noticed a few “pinners” list Google as the source and no direct attribution is provided. Obviously, Google is not a photographer and doesn’t take photographs (other than for Google Maps). “ Read more here: Pinterest and Copyright
Our very talented wordsmith Linda at The Task at Hand has had her share of frustrations with theft of her highly-original material. See her post: CONTENT THEFT – IT MATTERS TO ME.
Is-Pinterest-a-Haven-for-Copyright-Violations states: “Most Pinterest members are conscientious about giving a credit and a link back to the source. That gives it a little free PR. So everything’s hunky dory, right? Wrong. Thousands of Pinterest members are breaking copyright and causing headaches for artists, photographers, and bloggers. Many image owners don’t mind at all, and are happy for the publicity! But for many photographers and artists, the problems caused by these copyright violations outweigh the benefits.”
One new shock came from an unexpected source, when someone ‘confessed’ that he downloaded one of my images and used it in a public presentation because it was ‘such a nice image.’ I was so surprised, that I had no reply!
If I still haven’t convinced some of you to delete images from Pinterest or your blog that you have no true right to have used, here are a few more articles!
I’ve written about this before; some of the comments are worth reviewing: from-pingbacks-to-pinterest-to-copyright-issues/
For every person who has stomped on the rules of professionalism, there are also those who have used sensitive respect for my posts and images. Coming soon is a post that tips my paintbrush to those who displayed complete professionalism and honored my work as an artist!