Giving credit where it’s due: pictures in blogs

I recently read a blog post that had some really nice pictures in it.  Beneath each picture, the author had put “Source: Google Images.”  It was a really lovely blog post, but the picture sources made me cringe every time I saw them.

I realize that copyright laws and the internet can be pretty tricky to navigate, but something tells me that ‘Google Images’ isn’t the true source of any picture out there.  Google is a search engine that produces images as the results of what you’re searching for.  It doesn’t actually put the original pictures up for you to see.  A human does that, and most times, it’s the human who took the pictures, or a company that paid for those pictures.

Some people may read this and think I’m nitpicking, but it’s something that really irks me.  I also know that it’s really hard to enforce these laws, but it doesn’t mean we should use other people’s work without their permission just because we can get away with it and they’ll most likely never find out.

Look at this trippy pasta picture!

I might be hella pissed if I found out someone was using one of my images without my permission, but then again, as long as the person doesn’t claim they took the picture, I probably wouldn’t mind if they used it.  This is why in my last post, I used a picture from commons.wikimedia.org — I found a picture that I was allowed to use freely, as long as I gave credit to the original photographer.

You can take pictures yourself, or find pictures that you have permission to use.  I strongly believe in giving credit where it’s due, and I urge you to do the same, if you’re a fellow blogger!

I did some googling myself and found this great article on blogging rules & etiquette from idiotsguides.com and will definitely do my best to not steal anyone’s work while publishing my blog posts.

This article goes over what is allowed and not allowed when it comes to using pictures on blogs, and I really think every blogger should read it when they create their first blog.

Please don’t be a picturenapper! <3

Image source: Abillis

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul B. Taubman, II
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 23:45:17

    I agree! You are very kind to call it picturenapper – I would call it stealing :-)

    Just because people post something on the internet does not mean it is free!

    Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

    Reply

  2. tina
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 02:16:00

    i prefer picturenapper. some people do not know and i’d hate for them to feel bad because they didn’t. blog posts like this helps to educate. i have had people use my soap images for my biz and why not? they are awesome (no i didn’t take those pics, they were professionally taken …) so we watermarked them with my logo and that has helped. also, isn’t it considered hotlinking? i don’t know. i try to use my own images or something i’ve found for free.

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    • gwen
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 09:55:40

      Hotlinking is completely different, but I guess some picturenappers do hotlink as well, which costs the original hoster of the picture money in bandwidth.

      Reply

  3. promenadeplantings
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 02:43:31

    Interesting to read about the google images and the alternative of commons.wikipedia. Thanks for the info

    Reply

  4. Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 21:16:01

    Thanks for this post. I’ll have to look more closely at the photos I use.

    Reply

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