I’ve been blogging for a couple years now. And I know the value of a cute pic and caption. I like ‘em. They’re pretty and funny and add an extra punch to the post. I like punch So, I did what other bloggers did. I went to Google Images and searched for a little something to accessorize the post. Turns out, that move coulda cost me a bunch of stress, time and money. I had no idea. Sadly, ignorance does not a law suit end. Heck, if pleading ignorance could get me outta trouble, I’d be in a lot less trouble because I do a lot of ignorant things — unbeknownst to me. Until someone points it out. Then, I’m all “Oopsie.” And I stop.
Imagine my surprise last night while tweeting when I saw a link coming up over and over again about this. The agent tweeting is one I’ve followed for some time and I respect. Then, I saw the author and my eyeballs fell onto my keyboard. It took me forever to find them. A cyber friend of mine, and oh-so-sexy author, Roni Loren, was sued. SUED. For use of a pic on her blog. She drafted a thorough and clear cut explanation of what is and is not legal- based on her real life findings…the hard way kinda findings.
So, today’s post isn’t as much for aspiring writers as it is for bloggers. She says it so much better, so I hope you’ll pop over to her site, read the post and change your ways if needed.
It took me until almost 2am to remove google images from my more than 500 posts. That’s a whole heck of a lot of posts. Save yourself the trouble. Roni gives examples of wonderful ways to get pics you CAN use without worry. She’s great. Check her out. Meanwhile, you’ll be noticing weird pics in my posts. I’ve decided to use pics I’ve taken – whether or not they match the posts until I have time to check out and find a creative commons site I love.