Sunday, March 26, 2017

A new beginning

Lately, there have been several court cases related to copyright issues on images used on web sites and blogs. Having gone through a lot of articles on the subject matter in the past few days, I have decided to use only images in my blogs that are free of copyright issues or where I have explicit permission to use them. I do not want to rely on the assumption that use of images with links to the creators is fair use for a non-commercial site. This has quite a few effects on the blog, both with respect to past posts and the way forward. For starters, I will reset all affected existing blog posts prior to this one to draft the coming days - making it possible to re-post them whenever appropriate. Let's see what will happen for the various categories.

My photography, My digital art, Imaginary albums, The art of Lu Schaper
Easy: we own the copyright, so we are free to use the images in the blog. These subjects will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

In my life, Blog info
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images, e.g. made via Photofunia (who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues). The subject will continue in the blog.

Flickr favourites
For all images used under this heading, I already have explicit permission by the copyright owners. This subject will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Links, Ripped
For all images used under this heading, I already have explicit permission by the copyright owners wherever relevant. These subjects will continue and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Paintings, Under cover, En Vogue, Vintage posters
All works created before 1923 are free for publication. For copyrighted works after 1923, if an image exists for use without copyright infringement (e.g. on Wikipedia), there is of course no issue. The subject will continue in the blog. For really worthwhile images with copyright issues, I will be posting a "place-holder" image of my own design that links to the copyrighted image where appropriate.

YouTube
For YouTube-based posts so far, I have used a screenshot. I assume that this is no problem, but for new posts I will use images available for use without copyright infringement (e.g. from Wikipedia). The subject will continue in the blog and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Beautiful album covers, Beautiful single covers
It appears generally accepted that these fall under fair use for relatively low-resolution images, which are relevant for the discussion. These subjects will continue in the blog and no adjustments need to be made for past posts.

Art-icles, Art-iculations
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images, e.g. made via Photofunia (who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues). The subjects will continue in the blog.

Miscellaneous art, Photoart, Photographers, Photojournalism, Architectural aspects, Worth1000, Creative ads, Classical corner, Classics revisited, Creative designs, Creative logos, Movie posters, Special designs, The best of Potpourri, Web sites
These subjects will not continue in the blog. In isolated cases, where there are no copyright issues, they may appear under Anything goes. For really worthwhile images with copyright issues, I will be posting a "place-holder" image of my own design that links to the copyrighted image where appropriate.

Anything goes
For future posts, I will be using copyright-free images. The subject will continue in the blog.

Potpourri
A new subject for the blog, replacing the parallel blog Art's Potpourri (which stops per today). A collection of links to funny or interesting images not covered by the topics of this blog.

Icons
The icons used for the different subjects will also be discontinued. I will be using the chrome icon for all posts from now on.

It's quite a lot to act upon, and it will take a while before everything is back the way I want it. On the plus side, most of the subjects that will be discontinued were not that active anyway, having run their course.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues.

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