Did you Have Permission to Use That Photo?

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white pine's picture
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I am always concerned when blogging or using fb to use my own photos.  If I can't get permission to use something, I don't.  I was wondering if something was posted on fb if that is considered public domain...answer seemed unclear.  Searching, I came across this article about photo hosting , public domain, and liability.  

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Public Domain Photos - PublicPhoto.Org - All photographs available on this site are 100% free for use, including private and commercial use. The site has more than 2,500 galleries consisting of over 24,000 unique photos (including the old gallery). At least three galleries--that is, up to 30-40 photos--are added to the site daily. Each image can be downloaded in at least four dimensional sizes: thumbnail, normal, large and very large. Photos are up to 4752 x 3168 maximum resolution.

http://publicphoto.org/

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Wikimedia Commons hosts only freely licensed images, sound files, and other media. With over 16 million uploaded files, (as of February 2013), it is the largest free "images-only" repository. It contains many public domain images.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_page

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I found the above sources, and many others, listed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources

 

 

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be careful.  i work for two churches and assumed some local pictures i found on google were 'public domain' or whatever you call it.  i got a very angry email from the photographer showing me her blog and demanding that they be removed. someone had shared them, someone else re-shared them and her watermark did not appear nor credit. i  don't know how to remove such a thing ... but it wasn't there on the copies i found. 

in any case, never again for me! 

i now tell everyone who submits things that we can only use photos they took or that they can show permission from the photographer to use. also, we have to have permission of folks in random pics which is a pain and sometimes we can't get. 

i send out email news via vertical response and the irony is they have something like 75,000 images i can use with no worries.  so using a random pic from google is unnecessary and not worth the worry.  also, there is a source called morguefile that has a free photo section. 

one of my bosses just recently sent me a flyer she was creating with images she found on google!! i had to go through the whole photo rule thing with her, (one pic i was able to trace to a blog and the artist said it was her copyrighted work she wanted payment to use).  we  ended up using some images from morguefile.

 

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You need to consider everything copyright protected no matter where it is on line. You have no right to use anyone's photos without their permission. Unless it specifically tells you it is free/ public domain.

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I'm working with our wedding photographer to come up with a "model release form"  so that we can use some of his better shots from our Elopement Package in our advertising.

Most couples are happy to have their pictures posted when asked, but it's a good idea to cover your legal hind end.

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I'm pretty sure most everyone THINKS if it's on FB it's public domain. I would ask first rather than have to remove something later. My later posts I have been adding my name and the copyright symbol to the pix.

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Adding your name and copyright is a good idea.  This article also has an interesting spreadsheet of the degree of use allowed for many photo sites.

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