In the past week, I have detected a number of instances where images from blogs that I am associated with have been copied on other blogs. Kirsty has also remarked that she has become a bit twitchy about theft and concerned about protection of her original designs.
Content theft and plagiarism is rife but Jonathan Bailey highlights enforcement tools that are available to all of us in his comprehensive article on 5 Content Theft Myths and Why they are False.
Sploggers may be the most prolific plagiarists on the web but my focus today is on bloggers in our very own circle who use other people’s images without consent. I don’t necessarily ascribe bad motives to these people. Often they simply want to pass on details of a something that has excited them – they give full credit to the quiltmaker and include links back to the original post (one even carefully copied over the © copyright information!) BUT this does not make their actions right.
|Education Newsflash: As a general rule, if you did not create the image, you do NOT have the right to display the image on your blog unless you have consent from the copyright holder. If in doubt, leave the image out and instead link back to the blog post or website that captured your attention.|