Blogging and Copyright

In reading the Poetry Friday website, I came across some significant pointers about honoring copyright on the web.

While I’ve taken care to avoid breaking copyright in terms of text, I hadn’t put much thought to the photos (oops!). All book covers come from my Amazon store, which has proven in court to be acceptable. As for the authors’ photos from weekly geeks the other day, I realize now that those that I got off Google search are breaking copyright, so I’ll take those down. I’ll also keep image copyright in mind as I blog in the future.

The main thing that stood out to me was this: probably, no one is going to come after me if I do post copyrighted photos. However, the more readers I have, the more likely someone will notice. I want more readers, so I won’t tempt fate!

Am I the only one who didn’t even think of this? What are your thoughts about copyright on your personal blog?

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Hi, interesting post. Gosh, I’ve never given anythought to copyright on my blog. I just take photos of books I already own. Thanks for posting the articles. Nicola

  2. Nicola, I would imagine taking your own pictures is fine. That’s a good idea!

    unfinishedperson, me too, I always credit quotes from text. But I hadn’t thought about photos. The photos on wikipedia are in the public domain, so you could use those. I just took down the ones I got off of a Google search, because those are from individual websites that may be copyrighted.

  3. Rebecca: Like you, I do think about it and do my best to respect copyrighted photos and poems. I have a feature now on Saturdays, where I StumbleUpon a photo or piece of artwork. For the most part, I haven’t been putting the photos up, unless it is in the public domain or credit is given. Usually, I’ve just been providing a link.

    I’m probably not going to rush to get to this week’s Weekly Geeks now that you mention it. It’s not like I’ve personally taken photos of authors. 🙁 Now off to read your links about copyright…or at least bookmark them and check out later. I have a post of yours about ARCs on which I still want to comment, but I haven’t had time to really sit down and put together my thoughts properly on it. I hope to get to it later in the weekend.

  4. Hi, thank you for the post. The person who creates the icons I use on my site said that I could use his icons however I wanted (phew!) But I’m letting you know that I’m going to use the link from Stanford. I will give you credit and a link to your site so visitors can also go to your original source.

  5. I think this is an issue that more bloggers should be aware of. Like you, I always give credit for quotes, but pictures are a little different. Book covers seems to be okay, but I’m going to be more cognizant of my usage in the future. Thanks for the links.

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  8. Great post – i hadn’t thought about my book covers – but I get them as part of my amazon associates scheme so that’s ok.
    I use the Zemanta plug in for my other images – which puts the link credit in automatically – its worth taking a look at.

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