I didn’t read as many books as I planned to during Summer Break, but I found some that I just had to stay up late reading: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Less than half of the people on stage at the end of the Fox panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Today we’re going to talk about copyright.
It’s the part of the law that helps and protects photographers and the photos they create. It’s also the thing the internet mostly tries to ignore, either willfully or through ignorance.
In the last few weeks Beth and I have had online run-ins with a rash of people stealing our photos. They posted them on Instagram, or tumblr, or who knows where else. We sent DMCA takedowns and commented on their posts informing them of such. What was the most common response? It was either “I just found it on the internet somewhere” or anger that we would dare call them out on taking our photos. They also claimed they were doing no harm and that they “always credit”. We of course saw no credit, except the one instance someone credited the person who stole it from us before them. Such is the way of the internet today. I could go on for hours and many words about the idiocy we came across dealing with these people. But I won’t.
This leads me to the main point of this post today – I’d rather our audience here on the blog learn something rather than hear me rant. So here goes.