1. Sandy

    Sandy Registered User

    Mar 23, 2005
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    #1 Sandy, Oct 15, 2009
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
    Images and Copyright - the Basics

    Thanks to Helen for emphasising the importance of trying to get the copyright status across.

    The bottom line is that many images on the Internet are owned by various people and companies. Just because it's technically possible to save an image to your computer by right-clicking it (on a PC), doesn't mean that someone has the legal right to then turn around and use that image in a post on the web.

    So here are the types of thing that might tell you that an image belongs to another source and is not suitable for reuse:

    1. A copyright symbol on the image:

    example_copyright.jpg

    2. A web address (URL) on the image:

    example_url.jpg

    Even free clipart sites that include the URL on the image, probably expect a link back to their site.

    Each site has it's own terms and conditions which need to be read carefully before using their images.

    3. A 'watermark':

    example_watermark.jpg

    This is usually an feint bit of text or a logo that renders the image unusable for commercial purposes, but asserts ownership.

    4. A known character that is the trademarked property of the artist or a company:


    example_character.jpg

    (Could you guess I meant Garfield? Can't draw lasagne :()

    This means clip art of characters like the Simpsons or a Disney character are not free to use.

    I'm going to now make another post about how to apply those guidelines to a site like Photobucket.
     
  2. Sandy

    Sandy Registered User

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Photobucket

    A long-standing member, Margarita, put me onto Photobucket (my 13 year old daughter knew all about it too, apparently :eek:)

    Photobucket is a site that allows people to upload and share content, such as images and drawings.

    Warning: Photobucket makes it's money through advertising and not all ads are entirely wholesome and uplifting. Also, not all the images are tasteful. If you are feeling in anyway fragile, I would not recommend using this site. I would instead try and find some clipart from old posts on TP and use that.

    It's terms and conditions are such that it assumes that users will only upload content which they have the copyright to or which are copyright free. Being the wild, wild west of the Internet this is a very silly assumption - so you still have to look at images to see if they breach the conditions laid out in my earlier post.

    Photobucket's terms basically say if a user posts content into the public area, that they are making them available for others to use.

    You do not need to take out a membership on Photobucket to access content and save images.

    So how to use Photobucket?

    http://photobucket.com/

    Say I'm looking for an image of a glitter cat. I type 'glitter cat' into the search box and get some results:

    http://photobucket.com/images/glitter%20cat/

    Well, right away I can see some images that won't pass copyright muster:

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/glitter%20cat/babz2626/myspacestuff/chestercat.gif?o=6

    This is a Disney character from Alice in Wonderland, so it's not copyright free.

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/glitter%20cat/sirdrinkalot2081/Glitter%20Pictures/cat.gif?o=16

    This has a copyright declaration down the right hand side of the image, so it's not usable (great image though :)).

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/glitter%20cat/Daisy1771/Cool%20Icons/glitterfatcat.gif?o=82

    This has a web site URL so it's not usable.

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/glitter%20cat/dragonflytnmama_bucket/kittenwithwingsandglitter.gif?o=130

    This has the text 'Rachael Hale' at the bottom, which indicates that it's using a photograph made by Rachael Hale/ and thus, not usable.

    This slightly scary, but oddly compelling image looks OK:

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/glitter%20cat/southernbell3_1/whitecatgraphics.gif?o=34&sortby=popular

    So I will save it to my computer and then add it to this post:

    View attachment 6947

    :eek: Now that is glittery!

    Warning: Going around the Internet and saving files to your computer is not the safest occupation in the world. I would encourage anyone thinking of doing this to have up-to-date Internet Security software.

    Anyone wanting to test their image skills - please feel free to add to this thread as a practice :)

    Take care,
     

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