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Today some news about imagery theft and other elements of photos on the web.
There’s all kinds of hubbub over people using your photos from the web without permission and free of charge. First an interesting article by Krista Neher. She blasts the blasé idea that it’s ok to pilfer online pictures. She follows up with an article: “5 most outrageous photo thefts” posted at hyperfocal.com.
You may want to show off your stunning photo successes on the web – and you have good reason to be proud! But be careful out there:
- sometimes your photos can be snatched and illegally used around the world. So what? How would you feel if someone stole your car, skis, stereo? It also brings commercial photography to a new low making it harder to make a living!
- read Facebook’s policies for photos. An edited excerpt: “By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant … to the Company (ie Facebook) an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license … to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt … for any purpose etc.” Yikes! I won’t post my photos there outside my headshot!
- watermark your photos – it promotes the idea that your photo is worth signing and makes it harder to pilfer. It also advertises your work if you include your website.
- any photos posted online should be small files! 300-500kb.
Take care out there!