Monday, August 6, 2012

Some beautiful things. And vacation!

Hi guys. I'm sure you've plenty about Roni Loren's experience with being sued for using a photo on her blog.

With so many people using Pinterest and pinning addictions running rampant, it is a frightening thing. It's far too easy to use a random, pretty image from the internet.

This is one of the reasons why I do so many illustrations on my blog. First, because I can hardly find the right image to suit me, and second, I won't sue myself (one of the many benefits of not having multiple personalities.)

So after Roni's post came out, I started taking images off my Pinterest board. I'm not yet done purging, but I've done a lot.

Another thing I did was email several photographers asking them for permission to post their photos, so long as I attributed their images to them. Many of them emailed me back, thanked me for being conscientious, and said yes.

So I'd like to thank these artists and celebrate their amazing work. If you want to pin them, you can. But PLEASE link directly to their website, not my blog! Give them credit where credit is due. :)

Nimbus - Sala Murat, 2012, by Berdnaut Smilde
Nebulae, by Thomas Jackson

Emergent Behavior: Glow Sticks #1 by Thomas Jackson
Underwater, 2009 by Erin Mulvehill


I'm off for vacation for a while. I'll be back to my blog at the end of August. Enjoy the rest of summer!

41 comments:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I will miss you, my friend. :-(

I love the photo UNDERWATER, 2009 by Erin Mulvehill.

Much better than John Locke's latest cover for BOX, his latest sociopathic doctor thriller. Yes, a killer physician ... I knew you would "love" that.

Have a great vacation. Roland

mooderino said...

Have fun on your vacay!

mood

Shelley Munro said...

Happy holiday, Lydia. These are great images. I like the last one.

Lynda R Young said...

Oh wow, I also love Erin Mulvehill's image. I see that as a great book cover. (Hehehehe, my thoughts are never far from books).

Old Kitty said...

Enjoy your break lovely Lydia!! And yes - always always always check copyright - it's all in the details!!! Take care
x

Trisha said...

Yep, I think a lot of bloggers got scared by Roni Loren's story. But scared into doing the right thing! I try to use my own graphics/art when I can too, otherwise I will browse for images that are part of creative commons, but it's easier to rely on your own stuff ;)

Shelly said...

This is a very wise and informative post. Enjoy your vacation!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's a great way to handle the copyright issues. Enjoy your vacation!

Miranda Hardy said...

Very lovely pictures. Enjoy your vacation!

vbtremper said...

Yes, lovely, I've always been wary of pix from the internet. I didn't want to inadvertently do something wrong, so I don't use many photos even though I guess that makes my blog boring. A trade-off, like everything else.

Happy Vacay!
Vicki

Angela V. Cook said...

Beautiful pictures!! I hope you have a lovely and relaxing vacation :o)

Liza said...

Lovely photos. I tend to link to photos that aren't my own, rather than reproducing them. I figure I'm safe that way.

shelly said...

The pictures are cool. Have fun on your vacation.

Karen Lange said...

Have a great vacation! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The underwater one is creepy.
Enjoy your vacation!

Jenny Woolf said...

Alarming article. If I needed a reason not to bother with Pinterest, this is it. I don't have time to anyway, but now I'm not even tempted.

I simply love the images you have posted, though.

Enjoy your holiday!

Maurice Mitchell said...

That really is scary Lydia. It's never happened to us, but you never know. I love your doodles BTW!

lbdiamond said...

Nice!

Have a great vacay! :)

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'm nervous about using photos on my blog too, so I really don't anymore. I do have a Pinterest account but haven't really figured it all out.

Have a lovely vacation! See you when you get back!

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome photos!!! I especially love Nimbus - just gorgeous! :)

I hope you enjoy a wonderful vacation and get in lots of fun and relaxation! :)

Heather said...

I've been emailing and asking artists for a while now and I'm thrilled to see others beginning to do this. And I have always loved that you use your personal doodles!

Clarissa Draper said...

Have a wonderful blogcation and see you when you return. Love the photos.

Deb Salisbury said...

Wonderful photo choices!

Wishing you a great vacation!!! :-)

Yael said...

Just out of curiosity, are you a fan of the painter, Magritte? A couple of those images remind me of his work.

Krispy said...

Have a great vacation, Lydia!

Carrie Butler said...

That's why I make a lot of my graphics, too. :) Have a great vacation, Lydia!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Have a nice break!

I've purged some of my Pinterest pins as well after reading hhat post. My blog never had too many outside pics so those were easy to delete, and lately I've been supplementing my posts with my own Instagram photos. :)

Diane Fordham said...

Enjoy your holiday. Have fun and keep safe :-)

Meredith said...

I hadn't heard about the case, so I'm so glad you told me! I'll make sure I follow these rules now. Have a lovely vacation!

Theresa Milstein said...

I like these pictures. I've been thinking twice before using an image.

LTM said...

Have a lovely vacation, Lydia! And isn't it strange the can of worms Pinterest has opened. As every link's a pin, you'd think marketers and photographers would be happy about it--click on the image, go to their site, purchase goods or services! Everybody wins, right? I guess not.

Those pix are lovely. I especially like "Underwater." I'll check out your board~ :o) <3

Stephen Tremp said...

Enjoy your vacation which I am sure is well deserved! See you when you get back.

nutschell said...

I love these pictures! And yes, it's definitely safer to use our own pictures and illustrations. I've started using my pictures since last year and I'm thinking of taking the time to rifle through my old posts and remove other pictures that aren't mine.

hope you're enjoying your vacation!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Nigel Mitchell said...

That whole scenario was more irritating to me than scary. Frankly, I wish she hadn't closed the thread so I could weigh in on it. Short version, that photographer was taking advantage of that blogger's ignorance

The Golden Eagle said...

Those are gorgeous images.

I hope you have a wonderful vacation! :)

Connie Keller said...

I loved the photos!!

Have fun on vacation!

Mark K said...

I especially like the water image and the last poster - but they are all great shots. Love the new look to your blog. Are you responsible, or did you bite the bullet and get someone else to put it together? Either way, it's brilliant and fresh :)

Jay Noel said...

Those pics are gorgeous!

You have a wonderful vacation.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow. These are wonderful images. Thanks for sharing them, and especially thanks to the artists. This is why I don't usually include pictures with my posts, unless I provide them myself, though I've been especially diligent since Roni Loren's awful experience.

Caryn Caldwell said...

P.S. Hope you're having a great vacation!

Carol Riggs said...

Enjoy your time off, Lydia!!! And I've stripped all my images from my blog, and only using ones of my own or ones I have permission for too. :) I even took down my blog award pics (not the recognition/names) because the background of those might be copyrighted. Yes, I'm paranoid now. :D

 
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