She Has Copy Rights, Too
Artists have Copyrights, too. Most of us bloggers, even with the best intentions, from time to time forget that. Jonathon Bailey wrote an extremely helpful article on this back on July 14, 2009. Here's the address for his article: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2009/07/14/creative-commons-image-search/
I recommend every writer who blogs read it. Most of us are focused on copyright infringement as it it pertains to writing. We run non-commercial blogs and we do it because we love to write about all things writing related. But after being plagiarized, I learned that pictures have to be attributed properly to be used.
Some of you may have noticed that for months I have been buying photos to use in my blog and going backward to replace photos and pictures that I can't remember where I got the originals from (PhotoBucket, mostly) with new pictures that I purchased the right to use. I've been using iStock Photo for this purpose, since they have a good reputation. I've even taken down a year's worth of posts to eliminate anything that I might have questions about in deference to artists and photographers. All that's left are postings with pictures I've bought rights to use.
Maybe I've gone to extremes here, but I'm trying to learn from the mistakes that David Boyer made. I have to admit, his actions have made me think. After I saw that he'd used Ben Templesmith's art on the cover of some of his books without getting permission, I started to think that this must have been accidental or incredibly stupid. Who would blatantly steal from a famous artist and expect not to get caught? But he did it for money, not on a non-commercial blog so in the end what he did was very, very wrong.
So I have to ask all of you- where do you get the pictures you use on your blog? How do you make sure you're treating artists and photographers the right way on your blog? Is it enough to attribute the creator, or do we need to get written permission?