Bloggers Infringing Photographer's Copyrights

Copyright infringement has become a big concern in the blogosphere.  Bloggers currently are the biggest copyright infringer’s photographer’s deal with. This problem has been an ongoing discussion in the photography community; photographers are getting very frustrated that their copyrights are being ignored... A lot of bloggers don't seem to realize you have to have a photographer’s permission in order to post a photo on your blog or you are breaking the law in several countries.  There seems to be a district lack of knowledge about copyrights amounts some bloggers, others know what they are doing is illegal and do not care, and of course there are the many bloggers that get usage rights for the photo’s being used on their blogs.   The term photo sharing site seems to confuse some people, they think that means there is an open invitation to use the photos from the site, an example would be Flickr.  That is not the case at all.  You always need to check the copyright on a photo to see what type of use it is available for.  If a photo is all rights reserved you may not use the photo what so ever without written permission from the photographer who took the photo.  If a photo has a creative commons license then you need to see what one it is and follow the procedures of the license.  There are a lot of photos out there available for free use if you just pay attention to the license and follow the rules governing that license, many photographers would be happy to have their photos on your blog. 

How many of you are aware of what copyrights are, that images are copyrighted and that it is illegal to use them without permission?

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