New Discussion: Don’t Steal!

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What you find on the web is not necessary free. I’ve talked to a lot of people that

go to the world wide web to look for images, illustrations, and photos. And, yes,
some of them are actually free – but most are not. Most of these images are either individually
copyrighted; copyrighted by companies, corporations, organizations, and governments;
or products of stock photography/illustration companies.

If you use one of these images you are breaking copyright law and can be held liable
for damages. If you take (download) and use images from a stock house be warned that
sometimes these stock houses pay an award to people that inform them of illegal use of “their”
images. Many times firms will imbed text and/or copyright symbols into the images, so that if they are
used without permission and/or without payment the text will be visible when reproduced – thus
indicating to the world that you have stolen the image.

About Nate Marks

We live and work in a world of visual images.
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One Response to New Discussion: Don’t Steal!

  1. Mike Willett says:

    Great suggestion and alert. The internet becomes more and more complicated each day, and there are always people that will take advantage of such a situation where there is lots and lots of information, photos, illustrations, and more. That does not mean it is all “yours” for the taking.

    Think of it this way, if it was your work that showed up on someone else’s advertising, how would you feel? I guess it would depend on whether or not you had agreed to it, and hopefully, reimbursed for your vision and your work. Pay attention to that last four words in the previous statement…”your vision and your work”. It means a lot.

    If we all took part in what is outright theft, it would be extremely difficult to earn a living, so unless you are giving your creativity away, I think you will know exactly what we’re talking about here. It literally comes down to the Golden Rule.

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