* Copyright laws

PixabayA wonderful blogger at Chapel Hill Snippets, Ruth Morgan, was kind enough to alert me to copyright laws related to images.  She has already gone through her posts to eliminate images which are not free to use.  I asked Ruth for advice after crying, “HELP!”   First, Ruth recommended Pixabay.com (see above), which provides over 330,000 images in 20 languages.  All these images may be copied, modified, and even used for commercial purposes without permission.  Images are organized by category and provided by photographers (I might try to donate a few).  You will also find images from Shutterstock, which generates funds for Pixabay,  which is completely FREE!   Second, when I asked Ruth how I could determine which images are not free of copyrights, she suggested TinEye Reverse Image Search.  You may drag and drop images, enter URLs, use a browser plug-in, or upload a file for TinEye to examine.   (I hope it’s OK to use the image below!)TinEyeI have only gone through three of my blog categories so far.  Yikes!  Right now, I’m taking two online classes concurrently, as well as teaching a LOT.  I hope my site remains invisible to the copyright police, whoever they might be, until I can finish slogging my way through images!  If you see something that is copyrighted, please let me know!  

11 thoughts on “* Copyright laws

  1. Good information for us bloggers! I was alerted to pixabay.com by another blogger at the start of my journey here. If it isn’t a photo I took myself then I get it from Pixabay. I was reading another post earlier by a woman who used a photo on her personal blog that she took straight from Google Images. She got sued and had to pay an undisclosed amount. Since I make zero dollars from blogging I’d like to pay out zero dollars!

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  2. Yes, you should be careful since instead of notifying you, most copyright trolls will immediately file a DMCA complaint against your site which would cause search engines to block it or worse, your blog would be deleted without warning…

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      • It’s actually quite a popular term on the web nowadays. Here’s a good definition from Rashmi Rangnath

        Copyright troll is a term for a party that enforces copyrights it owns for purposes of making money through litigation, in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, generally without producing or licensing the works it owns for paid distribution. Critics object to the activity because they believe it does not encourage the production of creative works, but instead makes money through the inequities and unintended consequences of high statutory damages provisions in copyright laws intended to encourage creation of such works.

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      • Wow. I hope I am OK on my blog. I have described a number of online resources for purchase and assumed that those people would be pleased to get publicity. Most of my reviews are positive. Does that fall in the category of violating copyrights?

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      • It’s hard to answer that question since copyright las are open to different interpretations differing in every country and even every state (in the US) and the fine line between copyright infringement and fair use is so poorly defined and hence, whoever party that has more resources & better lawyers would usually be “on the right”…

        Also, you may argue that you are just posting their products for “fair use” purposes. However, the copyright owners may not look at it that way, e.g. they might say that you don’t have a “licence” to do that. My only advice for you is to not be bothered with them too much since it’s very diffcult to comprehend their “logic” anyway.

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      • Well, I certainly appreciate all the time you’ve taken to educate me! This is a realm I had never thought much about. It’s great that I am learning before I get in trouble! Thank you!

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      • I’m glad to help. Many people just don’t realize the seriousness and complexity of this issue, and when thwy realized it they’re already in trouble. It’s always good to be prudent in regard to this matter but at the same time, don’t think of it too much 🙂

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