Help regarding use of images (urgent)

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  • #1053831

    blm5
    Member

    (Sorry about the re-post. For some reason my real account has all its topics closed upon posting them.)

    Hello,

    I have a personal blog at http://techc0re.wordpress.com/ which I post technology news at. Its somewhat active, but nothing major (almost 9k views since February of this yr). Whenever I make posts, I search Google for a relevant image and useit in that post. I do that for 99% of all my posts. Instead of uploading each image to my blog (which would fill up the 3GB quota fairly quickly), I use the direct img url and just give credit to the site it’s from.

    Yes, I know, it’s hotlinking which isn’t the best thing to do. Seeing as my blog is just a personal blog and I’m not 100% serious about, I don’t wish to pay to have extra storage space.

    I’m curious as to what is suggested that I do so I don’t get in trouble for hotlinking, etc? Would it be ok if I uploaded the images to a media fire account and used that with credit towards the image owner or something like that? I’ve put a fair amount of work into typing reviews and posts for my blog and I wouldn’t want to see it go to waste over something I could’ve avoided.
    Thanks!

    #1053927

    supportbot
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    #1053928

    blm5
    Member
    #1053931

    blm5
    Member

    Any help here?

    #1053941

    blm5
    Member

    Anyone?

    #1053943

    blm5
    Member

    Macman. You’ve looked at all these threads and went right past mine…

    #1053945

    Macmanx is answering threads tagged for staff help, which could be from days ago, he’s not going through this current forum page. You have to wait until someone is available who can help you, and that’s not me, sorry.

    #1054032

    You know it is not best to hotlink, but if you store the pictures on your computer to upload to WordPress, that is still using someone else’s work, unless you get their permission.

    The way you have worded your credits at the bottom of the photos sounds as if they’ve given you permission. Have they? Most often, they would require you to link to them and I did not see any.

    If I ever want to use another person’s photo, I just link to it on my blog and direct my readers there rather than uploading them to my posts. That would be the best thing for you to do, unless you have your own images to us.

    #1054034

    timethief
    Member

    What part of the images that Google indexes and appear in search results are almost all under copyright did you miss? Google posts a copyright notice warning on their image search pages and tells you to click into the website and get permission for use if available at all. You are not only hotlinking and stealing bandwith but you are also violating copyright.

    #1054052

    blm5
    Member

    So I should pretty much either remove every image or delete my blog? There’s got to be a way I can continue blog and use the images without uploading them directly to my blog (which there’s not enough space for on a free blog).

    What do you suggest (aside from buying space which I don’t want to do for a personal blog)?

    #1054056

    timethief
    Member

    I would not be worrying about space. I would worry that I’m in breach of WordPress.com Terms of Service for copyright violations.
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    I would worry that those who hold copyright for the images may take legal action against me.

    Don’t assume that if you remove the copyrighted material you will be out of trouble: a lot of people copy images and text around the Internet thinking that in the worst of the cases they will receive a take down notice from the author and remove the material from the website. The removal of the copyrighted material will not remove the copyright infringement at all. Should the author decide to go after you in count you will be in trouble all the same.
    http://www.dailyblogtips.com/copyright-law-12-dos-and-donts/

    10 Big Myths about copyright explained http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

    Copyright Basics (from the U.S. Copyright Office) http://www.copyright.gov/

    #1054099

    macmanx
    Staff

    Overall, don’t hotlink images. You can never be guaranteed that someone won’t delete the image, or worse yet replace it with a porn image.

    When you hotlink an image, you are stealing the original poster’s bandwidth, and bandwidth is money.

    So, upload your own images: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/

    As for what images you are uploading, make sure that they are either your own, that you own the license to them, or that they are licensed to allow you to use them.

    Here’s a great list of royalty-free image sources: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/10/04/free-photos-for-your-blog/

    #1054108

    blm5
    Member

    I think I’ll just close the blog. I really only meant for it to be a personal blog and I don’t want it to turn I to anything.

    #1054112

    blm5
    Member

    The issue is I don’t have my own images and it’d be too much work to go around to every site to ask for permission. It’d take forever because there are so many sites I would use. The 3GB of space just isn’t enough for the images I’d use over time and I don’t have every phone or tablet (which is what my blog is about essentially) to get my own pictures.

    #1054115

    raincoaster
    Member

    Then just delete the images if you find yourself unable to bear complying with the law.

    #1054128

    blm5
    Member

    Just gotta save all my own text first.

    #1054134

    blm5
    Member

    I guess but it would be a very plain blog

    #1054173

    blm5
    Member

    So what if I got permission from sites?

    #1054174

    macmanx
    Staff

    Then you could post the images I suppose.

    Just make sure that you’re uploading, not hotlinking.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/

    #1054175

    timethief
    Member

    If you have permission to use images then you follow the terms of use the copyright holder has for the images and you post them on your blog.

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