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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… ” Continue reading