As oblivious as I am to most things in the writing world lately, I couldn’t miss the bruhaha over blog photo usage. Just read Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog by Roni Loren and be horrified.
I’m a very visual person and love the look of using images on my blog. (Unless I’m too lazy to go hunt for them in the first place.) Anyway, I did a bit of house cleaning. Luckily, most of the photos here were either mine or ones from free photo sites. I deleted the questionable ones, mainly from really old posts, and now I’m good to go.
And while organizing, I ran across many of my own photos I had forgotten about. So, some of those are the images included in this post.
To get back to the point and help negotiate this dangerous jungle (and because I’m no expert on the subject), I want to point out Marcy Kennedy’s blog. She has two excellent posts, guested by Melinda VanLone. THIS POST lists 7 free and legal places to get photos, and THIS ONE explains how to use your own photos legally.
I’ve also found free images at these websites:
However, please read the information for each image because they may ask for attribution, links, etc.
Many writers also like to use Pinterest and similar sites for inspiration. You need to be careful here as the same rules apply, despite the fact it may seem like a free-for-all. Roni Loren has a post about alternatives to Pinterest.
For a breakdown on what the different Creative Commons licenses mean, click HERE .
As a writer working toward publishing a novel, I know I’d be angry as hell if someone presented my writing as their own. It’s no different with photos. We need to take care in the choice of images we use for our blogs.
How have you been (or not been) affected by this situation? Do you have any photo sources you wish to share?