Tumbling in Google Images and Insta-fines

Hi guys!

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.

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Safe and Sound

Hello everyone!
Thanksgiving break has passed and its to get back on track with studying and school. I’ve finished the great book, Oedipus. The next goal to accomplish, “A Tales of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. Before I start my explaining my song choice, I’ll give a summary of the book. This great book is about the French Revolution and this book creates an extremely vivid and image of what it was like during the revolution. When you read it, makes you feel as if you’re one of the characters book, watching the revolution take place. People are starving and there is terror and fear across Europe. There are multiple main characters in this book, but I’ll be discussing two of them: Lucie Manette and Doctor Manette. These two characters are father and daughter. The Lucie thought that her father and mother were both dead, but discovers that her father is still alive. Unfortunately, Doctor Manette, a shoe maker, has been desensitized to the world because he was been “imprisoned” in his dark and gloomy shop for many years. Lucie has a gold aura that affects everyone around her, making people feel compassion and love; with this aura she brings Doctor Manette back to life. As he is adjusting to his “new” life, he must make multiple adaptations and sometimes, he sinks back to his old “dead” self. The song I’ve chosen to explain this relationship is “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift. Another reason why I chose this song because it is a “Hunger Games” song and “Catching Fire” just came out. READ BEFORE WATCHING EVERYONE. So, here’s your song. : )

I chose this song because there is a hint of war imbedded in this song and has the lyrics of two people trying to comfort each other. When I watch the video, I visualize Taylor Swift as Lucie Manette (because Lucie has golden locks of hair). I feel that Lucie would sing this to her father while her father is troubled and taken by depression and fear again.

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