In my blog entries, I typically post images to illustrate the content. Sometimes, those images are not shared under Creative Commons Copyright and the site sharing them isn’t the actual creator. It is unfortunate when that happens. At times like that, I’m grateful to the copyright holder when they notify me of what has happened.
ASIDE: My first impulse when I read the complaint was to write a stinging reply, to get angry, and to hush it up. As I reflected on that impulse, I realized that this was a perfectly blog moment. It’s easy to write about stuff that you do right, but harder when you do something less smart or open to misinterpretation. As a result, I decided writing about this here would remind me of what it means to be a blogger–to make mistakes and be transparent about it. And, as I share above, I am grateful for correction…even if I have to work my way through the stages of denial. 8->
on your blog page http://www.mguhlin.org/2010/04/lady-or-tiger.html you wrongly credit/link my copyrighted image “Crossroads” from http://www.flickr.com/photos/liebermann/580181284/ to http://scienceblogs.com/framing-science/Crossroads.jpg.
It seems to be your custom mode to provide links to image sources. Being a photographer, who gets plagiarized a lot, I can not agree with that. The only information you provide is where your readers can get a copy of that image. No author information, no copyright/license information. With the image URL you provide, one can not even find the original article the image has been used for.
In my case, http://scienceblogs.com/framing-science/2008/11/upcoming_talks_science_communi.php actually links to my flickr.com page.
You neglected this informantion, and a reader of your blog will never find out I am the author, that my image is copyrighted, and where to get my permission to use it.
Also, as a photographer, I need to get paid. For non-commercial use, I usually grant a free license, comparable to a CC-BY-NC-SA license. But what you provide, is not even an attribution in a CC sense at all. By this kind of negligence, you support a culture of expropriation, of entitlement to plunder others intellectual property, without giving anything in return at all.
I believe in a culture of mutual sharing and respect – but not one of getting ripped off.
Please reconsider your practise, and please also consider what would be a fair compensation for your use of my work.
NEED CREATIVE COMMONS COPYRIGHT IMAGES?
Looking for Creative Commons Copyright Flickr images but not sure how to cite them? Need a quick Google Image search but it’s blocked? Then try one of the following image sources instead!
This web site enables you to search Flickr for relevant images and then cite them appropriately. You do have to have access to Flickr.com, so this is not the site to use that will search Flickr, and then share those images without a Flickr domain prefix.
Other Image Search Engines
While you can find what appears to be a comprehensive list online at http://www.faganfinder.com/img/ you might also consider these:
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