Here’s the thing: we all like pictures. They can be funny, sad, inspiring and outright beautiful. You can add a funny caption and create a viral meme. But, as moms, our photos have special meaning to us. We put them in albums to cherish long after our children are grown. When we find others making money off our images, we get more than a little upset.
Take, for instance, NickMoms’ use of photos from all over the web. Funny, yes. Credited, sometimes?
So, what’s the issue with using someone’s photo?
When is it ok to share an image?
If someone has given you permission to use their image. In this case, you credit the photo and mark used with permission. Read The Myth of Fair Use by Cecily Kellogg.
When it’s Never Ok.
- A photo is marked copyrighted.
- There’s a watermark on the photo
Sharing on sites like Pinterest is a little different.
The image should link directly back to the source. In this case, you’re saying “I like this image.” “I’d like to read this post again later.” Or, “I want others to see this post.” If the author has included a Pin button in their post, assume it’s ok with them for you to share socially. This does not mean on your site. This means on social networks, with the intent to bring people back to the source. If there is no Pin button, check the author’s Pinterest account and see if they’ve pinned the post. Re-pin that.
Up for Discussion?
To me, this would be acceptable. To others, it may not be. I would love to hear your thoughts on this type of usage!
You’re creating a round up of say, your favorite bloggers. You want to link to several people and maybe show their faces. In this case, get a stock photo for the main image. Make that image pinable. (upload to your blog) For the others, use very small images. Do not upload. Link them to the blogger’s home or about page. And by all means, credit. Talk about why the blogger is on your list and what makes them special to you. Then send people to the blog you love. Make sure the only pinable image is one that you own or have permission to use. This is considered promoting someone else and is usually appreciated. Note: If there are pictures of children, you must ask for permission. Must.
What do you think? Would the above scenario be considered flattery, or thievery?