I’ve been blogging for a while now and my biggest struggle has been images. I’m not a photographer, I’m a blogger and a writer. You may have recently noticed that nearly every image on my blog has changed.
I have come to appreciate that taking pictures from the internet that don’t belong under creative commons public domain license is wrong.
I really don’t want to explain the technical la-di-da behind it so I’m going to link to the blog post I read after I started the process of changing all the images on my blog.
My general paranoia has grown since I started working with images at work. Image crediting, licensing, permissions, size and quality, copyright etc. I have realised how unfair it is to use images simply after finding them on a google search. Bad Mariam.
There are images under the creative commons zero public domain license and for the most part these can be used personally and commercially without asking for express permission. From my understanding images under this license don’t even need to referenced back to the original author and can be edited and manipulated. Reading the image licensing policy for each individual/company is important.
I don’t claim to know everything. I’m still learning and I still have questions that need to be answered about movie posters and book covers – but I’m getting there. This is not legal advice because I am not a lawyer.
What do you guys think about using images from Google and using copyrighted images on your blogs?