Monday, July 18, 2005

Loosetooth your sock monkey rules! And internal questions about copyright.

Have you been toying with sock monkey ideas for Loobylu's Month of Softies Challenge. Come on I know you have. I know I have. So while reading my daily's I happened accross this guy. You can to go to Brandy's site to see more pictures. He is just too cute!


Mr. Stripus McGreenley Posted by Picasa

A big thank you to Brandy for her kind permission to allow me to post a picture of Mr. Stripus here on my blog.

I have to insert a note here... When I first posted this picture on my blog I didn't stop to think about what it was I was doing. I mean I post pictures here all the time. I never post any pictures without direct links and credits to the individual websites those pictures belong too. AND I never post any pictures here that I claim to be mine if I have not created the item and taken the photo/scan of it. I have always thought that credit was an important aspect of blogging, after all I have found most of the wonderful links to amazing blogs in that very manner. Then, after posting Mr. Stripus I realized that this picture was from someone's blog. And not just anyone's blog but someone whose blog I read on a regular basis. I removed Mr. Stripus's picture and emailed Brandy and owned up to what I had done and asked her permission to post him here which she graciously gave me. I am greatful for her understanding. However, now I am at a loss. What is the ethical way to become a blog intended to be a resource to myself and possibly others? I wanted to start a blog in order to 1) keep a visual journal of my creative journeys, 2) record interesting finds from the internet and 3) meet other people from various other experience and interest levels. I would be saddened if I slighted someone through callous disregard for their rights but I would also hate to not be able to lead other people through the amazing maze of resources I travel through on the net. After all, if this was a paper journal of the same nature, I would be cutting and pasting pictures I cut from magazines into my journal along with notes about where the pictures came from, I might even share some of that journal with another person. Where is the ethical line here? Anyone? If you are writing a review in a magazine is credit enough or do you always ask permission before including quotes and pictures?

I do know that in the case of Mr. Stripus it felt right to ask Brandy for her permission to use her picture, even if I did give credit to her and provided links back to her site.

2 Comments:

Blogger hillary said...

I don't think that it's a big deal at all. That's the beauty/spirit of the internet. As long as you give credit and a link and host the photos yourself so you're not stealing bandwidth, there is nothing wrong with showing photos from other sites.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I agree with hillary. That is why I love the internet and reading other people's blogs. It is a neverending source of ideas to use as jumping off points to ideas of my own. I do think that it never hurts to ask someone's permission to post their work along with giving credit where it is due.

10:53 PM  

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