Copyright isn’t always clear. We all have honest intentions when we add pictures to our blog or social media posts. Here are some things you can do to minimize your risk.
Copyright isn’t always clear. How can you be sure you aren’t using someone else’s work legitimately? Be honest with yourself! Did you just grab a picture from a friend’s post and re-use it? There is nothing wrong with this if you have their permission and they have the right to give it to you. The problem is, they may not even remember where they got it from. When a photo was taken by your friend and shared, they have rights to that picture. Ask them where they got the graphic and if you can use it. If they aren’t sure of the source and if it’s legitimate to share, don’t do it!
Is there a way to check copyright on pictures? Look at it with a tin eye! I know it sounds odd but Tineye is a great way to find out where a picture comes from. You upload a graphic image and Tineye searches it’s database to see if that image has appeared elsewhere. You can then check the links to see who produced and/or posted the image. Check the links for copyright references. For example, an image may have come from Pixabay and not even require attribution. Or, it may show up in Wikimedia with copyright information very evident. Just remember that tools like Tineye aren’t 100% and you are still liable if the picture wasn’t in that database. When in doubt, don’t. Your best option is to use pictures you create yourself. Carry a camera with you! When in doubt, don’t use an image you don’t know.
Make Your Own Images
One of your best options is to produce original graphics. There are companies out there just waiting to catch you using their graphics. That’s a profit centre for them. When you use copyright material, make sure you acknowledge them according to their license. When you make use of your camera and a product like Canva or PowerPoint, you own the end product provided you were free to use the source files. Making your own graphics can be a lot of fun! Just make sure you use royalty free images. I created the image below using a graphic from Pixabay, the logo I created and a quote. If I can do it, anybody can! Now, have some fun and do it safely! Make it a great day, Barry P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Tineye. I’m thankful for great graphic tools. I’m thankful for the time you took to read this! What are you thankful for today?