I’m popping in with an unplanned posting to recommend all of you go take a peek at Roni Loren’s blog today.
She’s sharing her personal story about using photos and, in my opinion, every blogger should read it. It’s not pretty, and cost her a ton of time and money.
Here’s what Roni learned about the use of photos without specific written consent:
It DOESN’T MATTER…
- 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.)
To read the rest of her story, click here.
Have you ever been sued or otherwise chastised online regarding photos? How do you choose the photos you use in your blogs? We’d love to hear about in the comments, either here or at Roni’s.
Have a great weekend!