OMG!

How could it be?! Is it true!? I was working through the Week Three Learning Path and have been shocked to my very core! I am referring to the strict Copyright ACT 1968 and the long list of reasons why copying photos is illegal and why we cannot do it. I for one have never really thought about where an image on a Google search actually comes from and who may own the image. It has always been so easy just to right-click, save image and repost somewhere else.

Both Michaela and Hayley have written about this subject on their blogs and have given great advice to dodge this act of incrimination. It doesn’t look like I am the only one that is surprised! Michaela writes:

“I always thought that Google images was an online goldmine which allowed me to access thousands of images with the click of the button and that was the end of my journey, boy was I mistaken!”

There are websites out there that allows you to use images that have copyright permissions as Hayley writes about Creative Commons. She says:

“We were referred to a website called Creative Commons that provides some images and other materials that can be used in our assignments but what’s there is not so… great”

Creative Commons states that it has the permission to legally allow others to share, reuse and remix material that is on their website. There are still guidelines however. Attribution, for example states that:

“This applies to every Creative Commons work. Whenever a work is copied or redistributed under a Creative Commons licence, the original creator (and any other nominated parties) must be credited and the source linked to” (Creative Commons, 2015).

Also, there’s non-commercial guidelines which state:

“Lets others copy, distribute, display and perform the work for noncommercial purposes only” (Creative Commons, 2015).

If you would like to read the other guidelines on the Creative Commons website, click here.

Sky has also found another website where people can use images that are attribute free. The website is called Pixabay.

That’s all for me now.

Thanks everyone,

Brendan

References:

Creative Commons. (2015). Creative Commons Australia. Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://creativecommons.org.au/

Rosenfeld, A. (2013). [image]. The great copyright battle: UBC’s bold stand against access copyright. Retrieved March 20, 2015, from http://ubyssey.ca/features/the-great-copyright-battle-ubcs-controversial-stand-against-access-copyright/

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