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  1. Hi Folks,

    What are the legal parameters for posting photos (copied from new services, or a comic book cover, or movie poster, etc., all from online sources,) on my blog ?


  2. Hmmm, I see your blog is a for a law firm, didn't you at least touch on copyright law at law school?

  3. @sacredpath
    lol :D
    I noted that also.

  4. Yes, irony is so sweet!

    [edit] I also don't think they're hosted at

  5. macroartinnature

    I would simply suggest "not to do it at all" unless permission has been granted to you.
    Here is a good link and source for anyone who wonders about copyright on images, etc.
    Carolyn Wright - Photo Attorney (Blog Journal)

  6. @macroartinnature-Thanks for posting that link. Some painful "fine print" there.

  7. thistimethisspace

    (1) We provide support only for hosted bloggers. You have not posted the url for your blog. We cannot see it and verify that it is a hosted blog.
    (2) Your username is linked to a commercial site.
    (3) blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to 3rd party sites and advertising is not allowed on our non-commercial blogs.
    ToS Section 2, 5th bullet -
    (4) If you intended to have a commercial blog your best course of action is to hire a web host and download the free standing software from
    (5) Setting all that aside, it's hard to believe that anyone connected to a law office is not aware of copyright law.

  8. In defense of the original poster most lawyers havent a clue about copyright law.
    For that you need a COPYRIGHT Lawyer just like all doctors cant do brain surgery. Copyright law is a very specialized practice and just like doctors and specialist the common ear nose and throat doctor doesnt keep up with the latest and greatest in brain surgery techniques. Same goes with normal civil lawyers dont care or keep up with copyright laws that change daily it seems.

  9. It's still hard to believe that a law office doesn't have better resources for copyright information than posting to a forum staffed only by volunteer bloggers.

  10. Is that a VIP blog? *jealous*

  11. Hi Folks,

    Thanks to all for the replies. I humbly offer some thoughts in response.

    I graduated law school in 1984. I don't think I heard of the Internet until several years later. Obviously, the internet and it's impact on society has changed significantly over the years. While I recognize that "historic" copyright law principles apply to new technologies, I was uncertain of specific factual applications. I am new to blogging, etc. Admittedly, I have much to learn. "My cup is empty".

    I have spent my career focusing mainly on personal injury law. I claim no expertise in copyright law generally, nor specifically in how it has been applied and how it is "practiced" on the internet. My intent in seeking advice here was to start my "education" by asking informed lay people, (as well as any attorneys that may post in this forum,) for their thoughts.

    I respect all who know more than I do, whether they have a degree and a string of letters after their names or not.

    Copefarms, your post, IMHO, is right on target. Thank you.
    thistimethisspace & macroartinnature - Thanks to you both for the information !
    timethief & thesacredpath - I enjoy a laugh as much as the next guy, so I'm glad I could help you enjoy a "LOL" and a "sweet irony". Amusement aside, I respectfully submit you consider the content of Copefarms post.

    All the best,


  12. thistimethisspace

    The searchbox is your friend
    google search is your friend photo copyright infringement
    Those who post images on the internet frequently post copyright information as well as the images so when looking at an image that's a good place to start.

  13. make sure that you site where you got your picture from

  14. "There have been a lot of questions recently about how to deal with blog scrapers, and i thought it might be useful to put up a step-by-step guide for sending a DMCA notice (or not)."

    Please refer to this excellent instructional forum post by judyb12 ...
    DMCA or Not?

  15. also protect your images, feed, blog etc with a digital fingerprint from Myfreecopyright.

    here is how to do it:

    How to protect your blog/site, RSS feed and digital content with a digital fingerprint from Myfreecopyright

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