Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Flow Chart Explains Using Images From Internet
In a perfect world, people respect, tolerate and care for each other. Property and intellectual theft do not happen. In the real world we live in, these ideals are sometimes as quaint as fairy tales. On the Internet, almost everyone assumes wrongly that everything on it is free to use as one pleases.
In fact, almost everything on the Internet has either trademark or copyright protection. When one comes across a photo, it is hard to know whether one is permitted to use it or not. Curtis Newbold created an easy-to-consult flowchart (above) explaining the terms : copyright, fair use, creative commons, and public domain.
Read his flow chart to avoid stealing other people's property and getting yourself in trouble. Copyright laws can be ambiguous sometimes, so it is crucial to double check before using someone else's images. Follow the chart and answer the questions to see if the photos you would like to use for free is permitted or not. If in doubt, ask the owner for permission or better yet, do not use the image.
You can visit my website MichaelDanielHo.com to see stunning wildlife images from worldwide photo shoots and of course, you know what to do if you would like to use some of these pictures.