Monday, July 23, 2012

Falling for Fiction & How Not to Get Sued for Having Pictures on Your Blog

First off... 
Cassie Mae contacted me about being on Falling for Fiction today!
I'm SO excited and just a little bit nervous... but you should hop over and check it out!

Are you back?
Okay good!

Now... if you haven't read this article, you need to do it NOW! Did you know that you can get sued for all the awesome pictures that you use on your blog? And that most of the rules that you think keep you safe, really don't? Ugh. It's aggravating and scary, but Roni Loren tells you the rules from experience! Be sure to check it out. Although I hate that this is how it works, I'm so glad that Roni shared this information with the rest of us.

Have you already removed pictures from you blog because of this? How far back did you go to remove them? You'll notice I no longer have "eye candy" in the side bar. *weeps* And I'm trying to remove any others I may not be able to have too. Grrr. My posts look so bare without them. I love pictures in blog posts! It makes it so much more fun!

49 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, that blog post about getting sued for pictures is really doing the rounds! Makes me glad I don't use them very often!

Loved your post over at FFF! <3

Kelley Lynn said...

Yeah, I saw this one. Such a bummer. I really like pictures too!

Can't wait to have you on FFF!

Angela Brown said...

I read Roni's post this weekend and it broke my heart. She'd done all the things she thought should protect her and did not have financial gain from the use of a picture that she simply place on her blog. I can not share my whole feelings on this matter because thinking of the suit that followed - even AFTER she'd removed the picture as requested - makes my stomach churn.

Victoria Smith said...

Yeah I went all the way back and deleted. It sucks, but we must tread on. I can't imagine how book blogs are dealing with this. I relied on those pictures when that's just what my blog was. Sigh.

VikLit said...

I was just going to say, how are book blogs coping? Does it mean every book cover has to be taken down? It's useful info for everyone to have though.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Except for one post, which I'll revisit, I've used my own pictures.

Suzi said...

This is interesting. The one thing I worry about is how do I know if it's in the public domain. When I use Yahoo Images, I would assume those are okay. But is that not the case?

How do you find out if they are in the public domain?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Most of mine are book covers and movie posters, but I guess the Kate photo needs to come down. Bummer.

Cassie Mae said...

Okay, okay. You can use my picture for eye candy. I give you permission. ;)

Theresa Milstein said...

This is so scary.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm in the process of taking down pics too. I don't have that many and I thought I was being careful, but better safe than sorry!

J. A. Bennett said...

OMGosh I posted the same thing today! It had me really freaked out :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

What I want to know is how to tell if something is in the public domain even if it's not on a public domain site. I see a lot of my Funny Friday photos on other blogs. I don't know how to tell if they were stolen by the other bloggers or if they are in the public domain.

On all my "real posts" I've always used Free Digital Photos and the Creative Commons group on Flickr, and always given credit, so I'm safe there. Photo usage has always been a concern of mine, because I didn't want to inadvertently steal something. It's those darn funny photos that have always freaked me out.

Jenny Morris said...

I spent Saturday morning wiping my blog clean. I went back all the way to post #1. It is sad but like the many people that commented on her post said, pictures are their property just like our writing is or music. So it is totally understandable.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. I love your EYE CANDY!!!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Scary stuff! But I'm poor so you can't get blood out of a turnip. I'm not going to delete any pics that I use. I don't even own a house and drive a thirteen year old car. They could sue me for 100 bucks I think.

104551574847550817415 said...

Hooray for Wikimedia Commons! Most stuff is completely available for any kind of use with attribution. That's the only place I go for my pictures, except for the images I create myself.

P.S. @Michael Offutt: Folks can totally sue you for money you don't have. They won't get it from you, because you don't have it, but if that happens you will still have the debt. You can still lose what little you do have and can still have to file for bankruptcy even if you don't have much in the first place.

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

That has always been my biggest fear, which is why the only pictures I use are my own, or from blog hops (I figure with the blog hop ones, they can't sue all of us...right...RIGHT? OH GOD!)

It's a rough world out there :(

Also, the interview was great! Congrats on getting asked to partake!

Emily R. King said...

Loved your interview, Leigh!

Nicole said...

Good article - and great interview over at FFF!

Miranda Hardy said...

Yes, I've gone through all my posts to be sure. Luckily, I use photos I take. It was a scary thing to read, though.

Rachel said...

Bummer but thanks for the heads up, Leigh. I've already started pulling most of my photos...

Also I'd love if you could head over and read about what I think is the BEST BOOK OF 2012!!!!

Carrie Butler said...

Don't be bummed, Leigh! Just use images that are public domain or Creative Commons (with attribution). That's what I do. <3

Melissa said...

I'm so glad I had Carrie to show me the ropes when I started my blog. If it wasn't for her, I'd probably be pulling pics down this week, too.

Fwiw...I buy the vast majority of mine from Fotolia. ;)

Hope Roberson said...

Great interview :) I need to "clean" my blog now too, ugh! And usually I get a giggle from your eye cangy, the new one is PERFECT! ;)

Hope Roberson said...

I don't what the heck cangy is--candy--oops! :)

Rena said...

Yeah, I saw that, and I'm working on making it better. I don't use pictures that often because copyright scares me.

Patricia T. said...

If you are rewviewing a book, you have so much more leadway. That's why I get permission on photos, and download book covers nd YouTube book trailers related to the author. There are sites that allow you to use their photos free. Got this lecture from Emma Walton Hamilton.

Sorry I haven't been around. Been gone and sick. Have cut back on my own blog. But, wanted to catch up on some of my favorite blogs.

J.L. Campbell said...

Yeah,I agree that pics make the posts more fun and I did read an article about the risks we're running when we borrow photos, even with credit. I ran my post without one today. Couldn't think of any picture I own that would do the job of supporting the post. :(

Morgan said...

Leigh, Leigh, Leigh!

I've MISSED you!!!!

And I'm off to check out your interview. Interview + Leigh = AWESOME. ;D

Coleen Patrick said...

I use mostly my own photos, but after this new round of photo fear, I did another sweep of my blog. One post I will be deleting completely as it makes no sense without the photos. Oh well. I wish that Pinterest would figure all this stuff out too, because I'm afraid I'm going to need to start pulling pics from there too. :(
Thanks Leigh!

Samantha said...

After reading that article I deleted all of my posts with pictures from google images. I know that doesn't erase my "internet footprint" entirely, so the fear that it could be me is still there.

Cassie Mae is some serious eye candy! *Wolf Whistles* :D

I love your interview on FFF! I had no idea that I wasn't already following it. I feel like I've missed out on a huge chunk of life :D

Ciara said...

I'm going through my blog this weekend. I use to do the 'source' thing, but guess that will be gone now. :( You are so right, it is bare without pictures.

Lisa Regan said...

That is super disturbing. I usually use free clip art or my own photos. I am now wondering about all the casting call posts!

David P. King said...

Yeah. I caught that. Not looking forward to raking through all the pictures I've used, but I knew better than to use stuff from art and photography sites. Still, it's going to make for a rough adjustment.

Leslie S. Rose said...

That article TOTALLY freaked me out. A-wiping I will go. This will go down in history as the week of the great picture purge.

elizabeth seckman said...

Totally scary. I haven't used too many, but still need to go over old posts. Ugh.
I'm afraid to even use the commons pics...not sure I quite understand all the differences.

Nick Wilford said...

I read a post by Chris Fries on the same thing, so I've stopped using photos from Google Images, but I never thought to go back and wipe! *DOH* I'm off to correct that right now. And I gleaned from some comments on Lori's post that you can't even be sure with Creative Commons. My posts are going to look interesting with my own efforts, but ATM I've lost my USB camera cable, so that's another job...

Great interview, Leigh! :D

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

THis is the second mention I've seen this morning of this article - I must go read it ASAP. Very scary!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I read Roni's post about that a couple of days ago. I've already made changes.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

You could always stalk your eye candy like one of those crazed photographers and get your own pictures.

I generally use stuff from commons places where they just require an acknowledgment when you use an image. I had to learn THAT from someone else because I was making my own pictures in the paint program. It wasn't pretty...

Angela Cothran said...

I read that post! Craziness! I'm going to have to find a way around it because I'm super visual. I MUST have a picture.

Amy Jarecki said...

I mostly use my own pictures in my posts because of this! I'm heading over to check out Falling for Fiction...Sooooo cool to be featured :-)

ilima said...

I totally need to do that picture thing.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I'm still figuring out what to do and how to do it. Tricky, tricky stuff.

Rob-bear said...

I guess I'm surprised that anyone would be surprised by this suing about pictures.

Copyright means "right to copy." If you don't have it, you don't do any copying. Or you can be sued.

If one is in the publishing business — that's the business we are in as bloggers — one needs to know and follow the rules. And be aware of the consequences of breaking the rules.

I hope nobody has problems like this.

Adrianne Russell said...

I saw this and it sent a chill down my spine. I'm spending this weekend going through my posts and trying to find alternatives. It stinks, but I don't want to steal from anyone, even inadvertently.

Julie said...

Wow, thank you for sharing this post, I hadn't read it yet. I'm so sorry for what Roni went through, and I am going to make sure to go through my blog photos now and get rid of any that could possibly be a problem. Thankfully I don't think there are many.

Great interview, I enjoyed reading it!

Leslie S. Rose said...

That post about getting sued freaked me out. Never again. I'm in the process of de-picturizing my blog. No fun. My son is going to teach me how to use a digital drawing tablet. YIkes. BTW - I read Graceling and Bitterblue and I can't wait to go back into that world in Fire. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

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