RDP: Copyright


Thou Shalt Not Steal

As bloggers, copyright is something we really need to be aware of. According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary Copyright is:

the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work)

It is a very big deal to steal someone’s intellectual property whether is rights to a book or film, original art work or even an idea.

Even if no money is involved I believe it is wrong to take another person’s work and pass it off as your own.I have read the stories of a number of bloggers who have seen their words or images posted elsewhere by strangers and believe me they are just as angry and upset as any professional who has had work copied.

It is sometimes hard to know whether it is OK to use an image or someone’s words or not. I try not to do it but I have probably been guilty on occasion. I know of at least one time that I used an image I’d seen on Pinterest to illustrate a doll post and the person who owned it contacted me and asked me to take it down which I did at once with an apology. Pinterest is a bit funny that way as everything on it came from somewhere else. What I generally do now is to post a link to the page where I saw the image so that readers can go and see it if they wish rather than use those pictures directly.

Occasionally I post photos that friends have taken on the blog but I credit them, as I do if I use one of Naomi’s photos instead of my own. Sometimes I  see an image I’d like to use, particularly doll related ones and I do make an effort to find out if it is free to share and even to contact the owner if it is on Flickr or some similar site and ask if I may use it. People usually say yes if you ask nicely, they just want credit and that’s only fair.

Personally I am happy to share my photos and I’m flattered if someone wants to use one. I don’t watermark them which I probably should as it is a good way of making sure they can’t be hijacked so easily. However,  I am annoyed too if I see something of mine elsewhere with no reference to where it came from or who created it. Like those blog sites that are just made up of other people’s posts and no original content. Apart from being very rude that’s just lazy.

In Australia we have the Copyright Act 1968. Here is a link  to an information sheet for bloggers.

https://www.artslaw.com.au/info-sheets/info-sheet/legal-issues-for-bloggers/

 

 

 

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

7 thoughts on “RDP: Copyright”

  1. This is an issue that I feel really strongly about. I have had my stuff nicked from the internet and published in a real world magazine with no permission, credit or payment. When I tackled the editor of the magazine he was of the opinion that everything on the internet is free of copyright! It would have cost more than I could afford to take legal action. I have huge issues with Pinterest for the same reason. My stuff is all over it, with no credit or permission. They have steps for addressing this issue but it will take an age and lots of effort on my part, when they should ensure that all that’s published on their site complies with copyright. It make me sooo mad. I now watermark all my photos for this reason.

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    1. I have read your posts on the subject Jen so I know how frustrating it is for you. Pinterest does not seem to have any kind of warning or disclaimer prominent on the site to warn people not to use images from it without seeking permission. A lot of links I click on turn out to be eBay sales that have long ended.

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  2. I sign my pictures, but I don’t bother to copyright them. I post them pretty small, so no one is going to turn one into a wall mural, but I’ve seen them on Wikipedia (with my name cut off) and other posts. I’ve only had one person actually try to steal a post and say it was her own.

    But pictures get around. If I can find a way to credit the photographer, I do, but there are simply so many unsigned, non-credited photographs, it becomes virtually impossible to keep track. And if someone wants to illustrate something using a picture of mine? Why not? It’s not like I’m going to make a fortune with it.

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    1. I know you are careful about that Marilyn. I don’t really mind if people use my photos. It is the lack of manners that annoys me but I do resize my photos when I upload them so you would not be able to make a wall mural out of mine either.

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