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This got me thinking about all the random pictures and images on my own blogs. For Loni’s Eye, where I talk about books, movies, babies and life, most of the pictures on my blog seem safe. There are book covers, movie posters and pictures either I or friends of mine have taken. I’ve started to go through the blog, but for the most part, I think I'm okay. (It’s going to take a little while though, since I started blogging in 2006.) On Loni's Storm, where I talk about my writing, writing articles and other writing/author related subjects, it's a little different. Many of the posts have no images, but many do, to make it look more interesting (it's one of the first things bloggers learn). Now, after reading this and a few other similar articles, I'm going to go through the blog thoroughly and either use my own photos or use images from a free source. I've read about using Creative Commons and Wikimedia Commons, but I need to read more about them first.
From what I've read, it seems like getting sued is very rare. On one blog I read, the blogger wrote about mixed messages. This person ran a fashion blog. They were at an event and someone actually told them to just take pictures of their site, even though on the site it says not to lift any images. I don't think this category of blog could even exist if the bloggers didn't take the pictures off designers' and stores' websites. It is much easier to critique something (positively or negatively) if there is an image to refer too. The same sort of thing goes for other types of blogs too (I love/hate this travel destination, I love/hate this restaurant, I love/hate this book). I think anything that’s an advertisement is okay because, you’re only spreading the word (whether positively or negatively).
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if it links back to their site.
Pinterest has copyright rules too.
I figure I’m okay if I repin from publishing houses like Random House or Harper Collins. I also hope I’m okay if I repin from George Takei and Nina Garcia. Then there are some other people, authors, bloggers, friends and randoms that I follow. Those are the repins that I’m going to have to look at most closely in the future. I will also only pin something from sites with “pin it” buttons or if it says that it’s okay to share.
That’s a lot of pictures to go through. Two blogs and Pinterest.
If anyone has any thoughts on the matter, I’d like to know.