The Redneck Princess

Blogging and thievery…

Blogging and thievery…

Blogging and thievery…

The other morning, as I was laying in bed…perusing my favorite blogs, I came across this article…

BLOGGER BEWARE: You can get sued for using photos that aren’t yours on your blog.

And I was like…holy shit.

I have over 500 posts on this blog. Way over that on my other blog, which is no longer in use. I have just set that blog to private so nothing is visible. I just couldn’t make myself delete over 500 posts.

So this morning, other than a few gifs, I deleted any pictures that weren’t mine.

I have always, always linked to whomever’s picture I have used as well as giving them full credit. Apparently that is not enough. I get that, I really do. It would piss me off fiercely if someone was using my pictures as their own without giving me credit.

It takes a lot of work to put up a photo blog, there is always editing to do, as well as adding your name to said picture. Some people don’t give a shit, and will just crop it to take your name off. I realize that you are chancing that when you post photos. I know people are thieves and will try to take credit for something they really didn’t do.

I also know that the majority of people aren’t like that at all.

I also don’t have any money, so the last thing I need is to get sued for an innocent mistake, or by Christy Clark or Lance Armstrong because I have their pictures on my blog, for whatever reason.

So…just so you know, if you go back to my older posts, and there are no pictures to liven things up a wee bit, that is why.

I am covering my ass.

I will be more diligent with finding pictures on my own and taking them. I will be triple sure that a picture  I use otherwise is a legal borrow.

It will make me use my photography imagination more, which is good. Right?

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And don’t steal my shit. Because I will find you…and you will pay.

Got it?

Nice.

Have a great non thieving, happy blog posting day everyone :)

14 thoughts on “Blogging and thievery…

  1. tinkerbelle86

    I think its OK if you give credit for the images you use. I never add my website watermark on mine but I guess I should. It doesn’t stop people using tools to cut them out though, which are fairly easy to do.

    Isn’t it funny, you can pretty much own anything nowadays!

  2. Deborah

    Donna, one thing I have done many times is contact the photo’s original poster, owner etc and ask for permission to use. I have never been turned down, actually. Some sites also have statements covering use by bloggers, requesting a link back to the original site, credit etc.

  3. nan @ lbddiaries

    If images are public domain, i.e., royalty-free, they’re free to use. Wikimedia has a list of public domain images free on the web. It’s still up to you to make sure to check the copyright status but in general, they’re all good. They usually state if they are.

    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Public_domain_image_resources

    How scary to realize that a simple mistake like posting someone’s pix can get you in trouble. Even though I mostly use istockphoto images, it is always good to remember those few freebies I grab off Google are not always free!!

  4. Robyn

    Did you read my “Stop stealing my stuff”? Some tourist site stole a whole article and I can’t get it taken down. :((

    I’ll go find the link. BRB

  5. ash

    Eeeek. But no, it’s not nice to steal pictures…I’ve used images from google before (not from personal blogs. photographers, artists etc EVER because to me that’s the same as someone copying and pasting my writing or something). I’ll definitely be more mindful because you posted this xx

  6. Bren

    haha Where have you been girlfriend? This was covered over a year ago! Eeek!!! There is one good site I use and as long as you follow the “publishing info”, you’re good to use their pics. Freedigitalphotos.net . Better to be safe than sorry, right!

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