I mentioned in my Sunday post that I am in the process of removing all images from my blog that are not my own. Many of them are mine, but I do have a fair number that were found on the internet (mostly photobucket, Flickr and Wikipedia) or Word Clip Art.
At any rate, I have 400 posts to review, which is time consuming enough that I’m tempted to procrastinate. The only thing that keeps me from procrastinating?
Recently, a friend forwarded a blog post to me that opened my eyes to photo usage. Roni Loren wrote about her own experience. If you have a blog and use pictures found online, I encourage, no urge, you to check it out.
I am an honest person; I don’t download free music, I don’t claim all of my charitable donations on my tax return, I tell a cashier when I get too much change back, well, you get the idea. I certainly don’t steal stuff. After reading Roni’s blog post, I was bothered that I could have been stealing and didn’t even realize it.
Being sued would be even worse. The chances of being sued are probably low. Then again, I figured the IRS would never flag my small dollar tax return for review. (Although the reason for review was because of pages missing, which wasn’t my fault. Thanks a lot, e-File.)
While many things are unlikely, all things are possible.
Word Clip Art is licensed for personal use, but cannot be used on advertisements or for publications for monetary gain. If (when?) I become a published author and I write about my book on my blog – would my blog then be considered as used for monetary gain? It’s a gray area for me, so Clip Art is gone, too.
So, this is why I decided to use only my pictures. I’m leaving many of my old posts pictureless, unless I happen to already have ones that will work. I’m updating posts that have a photo credit on them, since the photos are no longer there.
Life is already complicated enough; that is why this blog must be simple 🙂
Did Roni’s post tell you anything you didn’t know? Does it change how you think about online pictures
P.S. I’m having some computer issues, along with changing the email associated with this blog. It might take a few days, but I plan to catch up on reading!