Although I have given credit were credit is due, I have failed to get written permission, something I didnt know I needed when dealing with photos. In the fear of being 'Story Siren'd by twitter and social media I wanted to take the time to just say sorry. Over the next few weeks I will be going through my blog and making sure any photos being used are mine, paid for, have been given to me by permission or are legally creative common safe. Now granted I feel outside of celebrity photos this is not a problem for me and while those boys are beautiful to look at, a big fat lawsuit is not.
Educate yourself: I would encourage all of you to check out Roni's post and Missie's for information and go through your own blogs and make sure your photos are safe.
Photo Websites I use, subscribe to and/or have paid for:
Free Digitals (These Pictures are free if you use the small size and give credit- larger sizes have prices)
Free Photos you can use./Creative Commons Search engine.
New Photos Sites I Have Found Thanks to this Post
Stock.Xchng- Free Photos (I love this site, it might be my new go to)
Wikimedia Images- More free Photos-Yay!
Getty Images- They have tons of great free photos and some price options as well
Posts That will Help Educate you on Copyright Law and Blogger Do's &Don'ts
Parajunkee's BB101 Posts
Copyright Law/Government Website
Since yesterdays post I have been on a mission to find out about which pictures I can and can't use for a non-commercial website, or AKA- personal blogs, and Ill tell you fellow bloggers, its unbelievable the copyright laws being broken everyday by various websites. After everything Ive read, Im pretty much going to be using Creative Common pictures or my own moving forward on this blog.
Here is some stuff I found out about the pictures I've personally been using:
And now the sad one: According to the CW network, (shows like The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural) all photos and content, including stills, network photos and logos are prohibited to use on any other website. Which means, all your Vampire Diaries photos are copyright infringements, and Ive seen these on TONS of blogs. Now perhaps you can use pictures from a magazine if you quote the source and get permission, but anything from the CW according to the TOA is off-limits.
**Fair Use- According to Wikipedia
Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test.
The term fair use originated in the United States. A similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common lawjurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.