Many bloggers, new and old, want amazing graphics for their posts, but like many, they don’t want to spend the time taking themselves or have the resources too. So, they go to a website get a photo. But did you stop to think: Who owns a picture?
Every picture has a creator, whether we can trace it to the source or not, but there is an original “owner.”
So, just using a search engine could hurt you in the long run. With this in mind, I am going to give you a brief run down of who owns a picture.
Who owns a picture?
Let’s start simple: If you take the picture, then it is your picture. you own it. (outside some crazy circumstances that are way to long for this post) Pretty easy to understand. It is your image. Post it all over your blog if you want.
Let’s move to a little bit harder: Using a picture that another blogger has given you permission to use. You have been give permission to use the photo, so you can post it. Make sure you are with in the “usage” that your friend allowed you too. So, if you got permission to post on one blog post, probably best you don’t use it as your header. Just stick to what you said you were going to do, and it makes like a lot easier.
Now the harder stuff:
There are many avenues in which bloggers and others get photos. It could be a Search Engine Search, a “free stock Image” website or others, but one thing is in common with this scenario. You don’t own the picture. You probably don’t have a clue at who created the picture. You probably don’t have the resources to back track every picture you want to use (I sure as heck don’t.)
Who owns a Google Image?
If you Google the image, “Brylett,” then you will get a picture of some random things like sunglasses (why, I have no clue). But a couple of images down you get this bad boy:
You will notice that this is my picture from Brylett.com. So, see google just let you save and download my image, despite you having no rights to the picture.
GOOGLE IMAGE LESSON: Don’t trust it.
Google is a search engine, it looks at relevancy. NOT THE LAW. So, don’t just trust google with your blog’s legality!
So, now that you have freaked out a little and deleted all your pictures. Where can you go? Well there are places that have free stock images/ free pictures that you can use. I use ww.pexels.com , which has a creative common’s license.
So Who owns those Pictures?
In many of the creative common licenses, the photographer still “owns” the picture, but by uploading to sites like the one above, they have allowed everyone to “use” their work. (Which is very nice, by the way). By uploading their pictures, they are saying that they will allow you to use the picture. Depending on which license, depends on if you can use it commercially, can edit it and similar things.
I want to briefly go over what the Creative Common’s licenses are and how they could apply:
- Attribution– This is the most liberal of the licenses. It allows a site/blogger to change the picture and distribute. It allows for commercial use (like a blog) to use it. Proper credit must be given!
- Attrribution-ShareAlike- You can tweak and change and even use for commercial purposes, but you have to give credit for the picture. Also, the new creation must include the same terms as the original, so you would have a Attribution-ShareAlike as well.
- Attribution-NoDerivs – You can use the image, but unchanged. If you do change it, then no using it. Give proper credit as well.
- Attribution-NonCommercial- You can change and tweak, but you can’t use this commercially.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike– You can change,but cannot use commercially. Also, you must give proper credit and keep the same terms.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs- This is the most restrictive. You can’t change, and you can’t use commercially.
The reason I include all this, is because a lot of sights use these licenses. It is important to make sure the sight you are using makes sure the photographers/uploaders adhere to the licensing requirements. It keeps you safe when you use the pictures.
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