Monday, July 23, 2012

Pictures on your blog... a coming lawsuit?

I just read this amazing post on copyright pictures that might accidentally post.  Roni Loren talks about in this article here .. believe me it is eye opening.  Of course as usual the comments are sometimes rude so she had to close the comments.  But I was surprised to learn a few things, like

  • if you link back to the source and list the photographer's name
  • if the picture is not full-sized (only thumbnail size is okay)
  • if you did it innocently
  • if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
  • if you didn't claim the photo was yours
  • if you've added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
  • if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
  • if you have a disclaimer on your site.
  • if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn't absolve you.)
I copied that from her website so hopefully I gave her full credit.  Again here is the blog post so check it out!


  1. Wow. I was always told that it was okay to use the pictures as long as I post the origination of where I found it. Ugh! It's so frustrating that you get told one thing, and then find out it's wrong. Guess I'll have to go through my blog and check for photos that don't belong to me. Thanks for sharing! I think we all needed the wake up call in case it could happen to us.

  2. I know!! This post really scared me. She was actually sued!!!!!! Even after she took the picture down right away!!!

  3. Oh man! That worries me!! That's like every single book cover I've ever used. Blogs are going to be pictureless now!

  4. I have been hearing a lot about this, so I went and read the post by Roni Loren!
    So scary!
    The only pictures I ever use are the Book Covers for the reviews I post, so... Im really hoping thats ok.
    I dont know!
    I didnt really understand what the "public domain" meant

  5. This issue is something that is confusing to a lot of people. I used to not worry as much, especially about book covers, since that's what I use most. But, I'll still be spending some time over the weekend, going through my old posts, just in case (because I'm now a bit paranoid).

    For book covers, I get them from the publisher's website, or from GoodReads, and I've always figured that that's safe (fingers crossed). Other than that, I try to just post my own photographs.

    Thanks for this post!!