Monday, July 23, 2012

Using Images and Other Random Thoughts

I want to start out this post with an announcement: I will no longer be doing awards. I struggled with this one because I think my blogger friends are the coolest people in the world and I want to share the love and link back to everyone who has posted links to me. Still, I am weeks behind on awards and I just can't seem to fit them into my blogging schedule.

This doesn't mean I'm cutting you guys out. I plan on sharing links to blogs that I find extremely awesome any chance I get. I have quite a few awesome ones listed below that you should check out if you feel inclined.

Also, I've tried to add back everyone who has me on their blog list, but sometimes I miss people so if I'm on your blog list and you want to be on mine, give me a shout.

Now, onto the title of this post. Using Images. There is a really great article that I read the other day on Facebook (thanks Donna Weaver!) about using images. I, like the blogger in this post, thought that as long as I credited the images I used on my blog. I also thought that if took down any images people did not want being used, I would be fine. Turns out I'm wrong.

Please, please read this post. Be aware, and save yourself some heartache and maybe even some legal fees. I'm not safe yet, I have to clean up my Pinterest and my old blog posts to be sure. But from now on I'm using public domain pictures, many of which are beyond awesome, such as this one -


 
It never hurts to be more safe than sorry.

In other news, I have a few new tabs above. All of these tabs are also on my website, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to add them here as well :)

Let me know of any news you think should be shared with the blogging world!

23 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I might have a few older images, but most of mine are book covers, movie posters, and ones I've made myself.
I'm pretty sure you're in my blog roll. I need to update it really soon though.

Kelley Lynn said...

I read this article. Scary. I have to make sure that I go back and take the pics out.

I'll probably just delete the posts that have them.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just did a quick scan through and most of mine are promo type pictures. I have been very careful from the beginning to try not to use something that looks like a professional picture because I have friends who are photographers. It can go horribly wrong very quickly - this is a good reminder.

Ava Jae said...

I read the post as well and it made me glad that I've been using Creative Commons licensed photos from Flickr. It's a good reminder, however, to be careful with what you use on the internet.

Cassie Mae said...

I'm so far behind on awards as well. It seems like they all hit you at once, lol.

Donna K. Weaver said...

That article sure scared me! I'm going to use my camera a lot more now and have my own resources.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I read this article! So scary! Thanks for passing it along!

prerna pickett said...

thanks for the article! that's so scary. Maybe i'll just stop using pics altogether.

Suzanne Furness said...

Think this article gave us all something to consider when posting pics.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Thanks for passing on vital info that I will be using. Also, congrats on getting to a point of simplifying life. Blogs aren't supposed to bog us down.

Emily R. King said...

Thanks for passing on the article. I'll check it out for sure.

Leigh Covington said...

I'm glad this is getting around. It has me frustrated as I try to find images now, but I'll figure it out!

Anonymous said...

Sage advice. I stick to my own pics and reputable public domain. I don't have an interest in getting into hot water. At least not unless it is a big soaker tub with a good book.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I came off Pinterest because it didn't give me a proper idea about copyright. I made the decision when I wanted to use a photo from a local photographer and he said no.

I get my generic images from Microsoft clip art - I don't need anything fancy for my blog - or my own photos.

Hope Roberson said...

Time to do some blog clean up of my own :)

Tara Tyler said...

i read that article. i use microsoft clip art too. another problem with some google images, they can give you a virus...i'm prone to those so i steer clear.

and you know i love ya so i wont give you any more awards. they can be a time drain...

Carrie Butler said...

Hooray for new tabs! :D

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

The new tabs look great, I'm gonna go check out the anthology one right meow. Also, am I allowed to give a shout out? You're on my blogger list, can I be cool and be on yours, too? :)

Samantha said...

Awards are great, but they are pretty time consuming and can pile up really quickly if you have to tag a bunch of people. So no worries there!

I agree with you, it's much better to be safe than sorry.

Kaylee Baldwin said...

Yes, I read that blog post and it freaked me out a little. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the images.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've started using CC and public domain images the past several months--I used to just copy, save, upload, and then hotlink to boot, which I'm sure people haven't appreciated . . .

Kathleen said...

I read the blog post as well and realized I could be in that same spot with some of my earlier blog posts. I'm going to go through all of my past posts and do a revamp of the images. I've already gotten rid of some, but Flickr Creative Commons has been my friend on Thirsty Thursday since I started it!

Gwen Tolios said...

Picture use is really important, but also really delicate. Thanks for the link!