Last week, I read this post about a writer who got sued for using a copyrighted photo on her blog without permission. When she was contacted by the photographer, she immediately removed the photo, but still was legally responsible for paying for her use of that picture.
I think it’s important that bloggers read this post and make sure they aren’t violating any copyright laws. I went and reviewed the permissions page from the website I got my blog’s photo from: Stock.xchng. From what I understand, I’m in the clear. But I’m considering getting my awesome photographer sister to take a new pic for me.
We’re all artists and none of us want to have someone stealing our work. It’s easy to not even think about that when we google an image. It’s floating around the internet for free use, right? Not necessarily. So just beware next time you decide to use a photo, and remember that photographers are just like you and me–they don’t want someone using their work without permission any more than we do.