I’ve posted before (5/31/12) on the need to be mindful of copyright and fair use when using material created by others. I was reminded of this again via a tweet I came across by @PublishingGuru Jason Rutherford (via @passivevoiceblg). The tweet linked to an excerpt from this article by author Roni Loren Bloggers Beware: You Can Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog.
The title pretty much says it all. Ms. Loren inadvertently infringed on a photographer’s intellectual property. She’d posted one of his photos, found through a Google search, on her blog. Despite taking the picture down within minutes of being contacted by him, it was necessary to get lawyers involved in the situation.
You can read “the rest of the story” here, where Ms. Loren also provides some insights on Fair Use and some tips on how to find and use photos that won’t get you into legal trouble!
Oh, and if you’re curious about the photos used in this post, they’re from one of my favorite sites, morgueFile. And here’s what the permissions say about the photos used here: You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a standalone manner.
Copyright and fair use: 2 important “eLements of eLearning.”