The internet a new form of media with new rules?
Wow the internet is really the new media, and as such does it comes with a whole new set of rules?
I recently got slapped on the wrist, not once but twice, for the usage of some images. Let me recount the tale.
When can you use an image or information found on the internet and when can you not?
In my recent blog post, I had used some images I found on the internet to elaborate my discussion on sketching ability and quality of sketches. I basically wanted to show everyone examples that proved you could be a great sketcher but may not be the best designer.
However in the process the owner of the sketch was not happy (he found out because I quoted the source), and was perhaps unhappy about the comments. This is probably because by my comments were interpreted to be slightly negative. I think things would have turned out differently if I my comments were more positive in nature.
Worst still, someone else added fuel to the fire and implied that it was only polite to ask permission first and advice the author to sue me for not getting his permission before I wrote the post and posted the picture. Do note the work was not passed off as anyone else’s but the authors.
So as a result, to nip the issue in the bud, I took the picture down…
The next day another person emailed me and told me I should have asked permission from him to use a mood photograph in my second sketching tips post. He said “all his rights were reserved” and therefore I should ask have permission first. He said to me his picture was not a creative commons license and that I should not use it freely.
Again in the matter of days I took down my second picture.
Is this not getting a little extreme? I know that the internet is not public domain, and the authors have their copyrights. Therefore I had always thought quoting on the internet is done similar as when you write for print media for say a research paper. You would just quote the source via the academic way. (Which I did!)
Furthermore in your research paper you would then proceed agree or disagree (prove or disprove) conclusions by your quoted source?
You mean to tell me then, if an author found out and was not happy, he could take action and sue? Sounds absurd! Or perhaps I’m just too simplistic in my views, but do people not have a right to their opinion? Rightly or wrongly?
Furthermore from analysing my second incident, does this mean photos, instead of text, have a different quoting or usage laws abiding to it? Or can I go as far to say that perhaps the new internet media (written or photos or video) all have a new set of laws, that are different from the laws of quoting traditional work abiding it?
I think as the internet is now becoming the new source of information, there must be some kind of standard of quoting and discussion format I can use?
Anybody can advice? I’m confused but willing to listen and learn because this could mean big trouble for website aggregators or meta-blogs.
Edit: The author of the photograph has graciously allowed the image to be posted. Thanks clickykbd and do check out his photos.