Taking Photos Off

Spent the past two days checking my blog and making sure I don't have any photos that I took from any available images over the internet. I read an article about someone being sued by the photographer because she posted that photographer's photo on her blog. She just found that particular photo when she did some google search and used it. The photographer made her pay a lot of money. She didn't have a choice. 

It made me afraid that I might have done the same thing by posting someone else's photo on my blog. We don't have the money to pay anyone for that. It was such a pain in the buttocks going through more than a thousand posts but if it will prevent from being sued by someone, I would do it.
                               
My blog is probably five to six years old and I really haven't been able to take care of it. So here I am, trying my best to write something on my blog.
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46 Other's Have to Say:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I need to look through my blog and see if I have any.



Martez said...

It's sad if I saw someone use my photo I would just ask them to take it down it's not worth it to try to sue for money unless you are being mean. I use a stock photo company for all my photos or take them myself. kita kokoamag.com



Alexis said...

Wow, good for you for checking your blog! That sounds like it took so much time, but was definitely the right thing to do. One site I like for free stock photos is www.morguefile.com. There's a lot of really bad photography on there, but if you do a little digging you can usually find some gems.



Melissa Sullivan said...

Good advice!



Why Rome? said...

Good advice! Infringing on personal copyright is a big no-no, and can end up being very costly.



Rabia Lieber said...

I had used a few pictures that way when I first started out because I didn't know any better. Since then, I've made sure to only use pictures I have permission to use or things I have taken or created myself. It's easier to just not have to worry about getting caught!

#SITSblogging



BrennanAnnie said...

I should go back through mine. Thanks so much for reminding me.



Anthea Kawakib Poole said...

That's a good move, Aisha. I don't use a lot of stock photos, but I understand there's directories of free images for bloggers to use.
This use of photos in blogs with no credits has been bothering me lately, it's what TUMBLR is all about - the photos are posted with no credits at all. I expect people will start to be more careful now, especially with Google image search!



Randa Derkson said...

I read that as well, and am still going back through my blog to make sure nothing is there that shouldn't be.

It's scary! Especially since when I started I did it for fun and didn't know about the rules.



Trish said...

Oops. Yes, you can't be too careful with pictures. #SITSblogging



Alissa said...

Check out MorgueFile.com. They have a lot of stock images available that are free for bloggers to use. I use them all the time.

{Stopping by from SITS}



Alli said...

The best way to blog is to just write. You did it!



Erin Huss said...

Yikes. That's a good idea.



Adrienne at La Vita e Bella said...


This scares me. Every time an article like this comes out, I find myself double and triple checking.

Stopping by from SITS. Look forward to more.



Abbe Odenwalder said...

I've always tried to take my own photos even if they are bad. If i do use someone else's I always give credit. It is fun to see though how much better my photos have become. Still admit that to me, that is what i hate about blogging the most!



Amanda RunToTheFinish said...

gosh this is a great reminder, I'm sure over the last 6 years I've probably used some without thinking about it



Angela said...

I must admit that I have the occasional photo here and there that aren't my own. I always credit and link to the original source and I haven't had a problem thus far. Admittedly, I mostly use creative commons images via flickr which have been licensed for sharing.



Tammy said...

I've read so many different articles about this. If you use a picture and give it credit, then its ok. Then you read its not. Who knows anymore. I just prefer to use my own. Thanks for sharing



Albion said...

I keep saying that I'm going to go through my blog and clean it up, but I haven't done it yet. I'm impressed that you did! I'm making the effort to write more this year as well. #SITSBlogging



AJ said...

It's so important to be reminded of little things like this. You never know when you're gonna get dinged!!! I should probably clean house myself, as well.



Alison said...

Hmmm. I'm with Tammy: the rules seem to change over time. I get most of mine through a Google search. Perhaps I need to be more careful!



Nikki Elkins said...

I use Flickr.com for my pictures and I always credit. I will check out Morguefile.com also as another commenter suggested.



Life with Kaishon said...

I read that article also. It freaked me out! :) I think the flower picture you shared is very pretty. I love purple.



The Winey Mom said...

Read the same story and it worried me too. I need to check my blog - although I have found that with wines I review, most wine sites have a section with photos of the bottles and labels specifically "for the trade"....it's the others I've got to watch out for!



Adriana Db said...

I think that´s is a good idea to check my blog and make sure, I dont want to get in trouble. Thanks for the advice Aisha!
#SITSBlogging



Amanda said...

Wow that's awful. Good advice. I can't believe people are that use happy. Come on.



Midnight Cowgirl said...

I need to go over my blog, too...



life...just saying said...

That can't be fun! I think I'm covered. #SITSBLOGGING



Simply Kiersten said...

That is scary to think that somebody would sue you over a picture. There are some free websites though where you can find photos that you can use legally. #SITSBlogging



KLPMiller said...

yikes! That is really scary! I did the very same thing at first, not knowing, thinking some things were public domain, now I try to always give a photo credit period, even if I believe its a royalty free photo just in case. I need to go back through my stuff and double check though. Thanks for the reminder!



Emmy said...

It is pretty scary and yes, I need to go back and look at my old blog posts as it makes me wonder too.
Nice to meet you, stoping by from #Sitsblogging



Amber Mathison said...

That is definitely for the best! While it probably took you an enormous amount of time, not having to worry about it is probably bringing you a lot of peace of mind right about now :) Good for you! #SITSblogging



madnessofjoy.com said...

I think most people have done the same thing at least once. Your post is a good reminder to all of us out in the blogosphere. Good for you for taking the time to do it right. :-)

I like the layout of your blog; I've been looking for one to suit mine for some time, but nothing seems to be quite right, so I'm glad you found one you like and can customize to suit your taste. New visitor from #sitsblogging



Amee Sandhu said...

This is some great advice. Thanks for sharing. I've gotten to where, if I don't have a picture of my own, then I make a graphic to use. Thanks for the reminder! Visiting from #sitsblogging



Alison Freisz-Steward said...

I think I've been pretty good about not using other's photos or at least asking &/or giving proper credit. It's definitely a good reminder to double check though -- I hadn't heard about the lawsuit you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!



Mommie Daze said...

It is something to be careful of. I can't believe they go to all that bother to suit someone over it though.



Adelina Priddis said...

This is why I've always strived to take my own photo's or make sure there is no copyright attached to any photo's I find online. Good luck. It's hard going through so many old posts!
And wow, 6 years! That is awesome. #SITSBlogging



Andrea Kruse said...

I am glad more bloggers are watching what they post, especially pics. I think it lets a blogger's style really shine through when they post their own pics. #SITSBlogging



anne fassnacht said...

Good for you for going through and making sure you have permission for photos. Good luck with writing on the blog more this year. #SITSBlogging



Ashley Freitas said...

I went through my posts about a year ago after seeing stories about other bloggers being sued over pictures even when they gave credit. Credit doesn't mean anything without permission. I'm glad I learned that lesson before I had to learn it the hard way!



Ahleessa C said...

I know the feeling. I heard taking pictures even from well known website without their permission is against the law.

http://ahleessa4realz.blogspot.com/

#SITSBlogging



Alison Agnew said...

I have to be careful of this, like all bloggers. For the most part I use only my own photos, but if I use someone else's I make sure I have permission to do so and that I've attributed properly. Thanks for sharing! #SITSbloggin

Alison
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Amanda Long said...

Yikes.. When I first started I did none of my own graphics I googled them all... I've started this year and am having fun, but had no idea you could get sued. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
From Amanda @http://livinginhismercyandgrace.blogspot.com/
#SITSBlogging



The Southern Fried Bride said...

I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for the inspiration!

#SITSblogging



Angie Mirasola said...

that is scary to think about, especially when someone just doesn't know better. I started my blog back in 2006 and I didn't know anything about blogging/copyrights at the time. I probably should go back and look myself. Now I always use free photostock sites and give credit where credit's due. I've even seen some pins come down on Pinterest due to complaints.



Laina Turner said...

IT is scary. I've been very careful. Better than paying out money.