When I started blogging, Mr. Theriault, my English Honors 2 teacher, told the class to use large pictures for blog posts. He also said something that I still remember about today: copyrights and fines. He had said that we were using these blogs for “educational purposes” and that we would be fined for “educational purposes,” making it seem like fining students for a learning process look ridiculous. I wasn’t very satisfied with that answer. So, hopefully in this blog post, I’ll be able to elaborate more on this subject and prevent other bloggers from being fined.
Mr. Theriault lightly touched on this subject, which inevitably got me interested on how I should protect myself and how to warn others of carelessly using images. The main go-to source bloggers use for pictures is Google Images. I used this simple and easy tool as well, but I read a blog post by Roni Loren that helped me earn a better understanding of how bloggers can get sued for using copyrighted photos According to the “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” (wow… this title is way too long, but at least it’s straightforward?), there are multiple mistakes that blogger make while choosing photos and there are ways to protect yourself from getting fined.
Using a simple disclaimer doesn’t protect a blogger from violating copyright rules. A common disclaimer that Loren has identified from many blogs is:
“THIS BLOG claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog are copyright to its respectful owners. If there is an image appearing on this blog that belongs to you and do not wish for it appear on this site, please E-mail with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.”
This method obviously doesn’t work because Loren tried it and had her blogs taken down.