• http://www.theatlanticright.com Michael Merritt

    Not sure there’s a technical solution. You could do metadata, but that’s easily removed. More likely there’ll need to be some kind of standard put in place, but by whom?

  • http://english.stackexchange.com/users/3085/vgv8 P.O.

    Why not to acquaint yourself with basics of author’s rights and copyright?
    There is no need to make any declaration which are, anyway, null if infringe copyright and/or author’s rights.

    There are universal internationally author’s rights (aka moral rights aka inalienable author rights)
    They cannot be transferred or denounced even by the wish/consent of the author, so any “Free for anybody to use” is illegal

    They do not require registering and appear by fact of publication/realization.
    They do not depend on merits and intentions

    While moral rights cannot be assigned, they can be waived. This means an author can choose not to exercise the right to be associated with the work, the right to preserve the integrity of the work, or the right to remain anonymous

    Moral rights always rest with the author of a work, as opposed to the owner of the work. Moral rights cannot be assigned to someone else like a copyright can

    Legally, one cannot copy or even reference other work without explicit author’s permission.
    Google is continuously trying to subvert the copyright law and author’s rights insisting that authors (owners, right holders) should chase who stole/copied their work and declare that they do not agree with theft. It is vice versa – users/publishers of content should seek permisssion

    Google lost a dozen of lawsuits on it which are mounting
    Search for “Google Book Settlement Rejected”, “Google infringes copyright by displaying and linking to news site content”
    Just make your search…

  • http://invisibleproperty.tumblr.com/ I.P.

    Can’t find any mention of “fair use”?

    If I wanted to blog about this story, for example, I might need a short extract, including one of the picture that you write about.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/kkmett Keith Kmett

    Save yourself the headache and use the WordPress app to post pictures on your blog, then tweet about it. That way you can put your own disclaimer on the page and not have to worry about who owns what.

    Technically though, her images are owned by her unless express permission has been given.

  • zai87

    One rather simple way to at least let people know the photo is yours is by watermarking. Artists who post their work online have been doing it for quite some time. I’d like to see one of more of the picture services add them in upon uploading. Nothing too big but like the date and username of whomever uploaded the photo. News organizations might still take the photo, but editing out a watermark is hard and if they don’t getting restitution if one wants to could be much easier.

  • http://www.planetc1.com/ Michael Dorausch

    The SEO solution would be to self host, watermark, tag, and tweet but that’s not likely to happen for the ‘average’ citizen journalist photographer. I’m not surprised by the practice of news agencies at all, and I’ve lost trust with photo sharing services, but unless one has their own self hosted alternative (I now do) things get sticky.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Michael, an easy technical fix would be to add a “permissions” line to every Twitpic/yFrog etc photo where people could flag anything they want. Then if you have a picture go wild, you could flag that it can only be used with permission, where it can be licensed or how it should be credited. Right not, you’ve got no easy option. People might ignore, still, but it’s a start.

    PO, I am acquainted with the basic and in fact, said in the article that in the US and many other countries, you already have copyright just by being the author. Registration isn’t required.

    Legally, one can indeed copy and reference other works without permission, in the US and many other countries. Copyright doesn’t give someone sole control over a work. It gives them very specific reproduction rights. Fair use allows for some referencing and copying.

    As for Google, it actually has lost very few of these cases. The book search settlement rejection means that, in the case of Google Book Search, it has actually won that case — since it hasn’t been settled.

    IP, yes, you could use a short extract about the story under fair use. Likely citing a picture would be OK depending on how you did it, the size and so on. That’s one of the tricky areas, especially with pictures — there’s no way to easily “summarize” only part of them.

    Keith, if the app puts the pictures on your blog, it’s making a copy of them, and the images are then potentially infringing someone else’s rights.

    Zai87, watermarking is a fine way to alert that a picture has been lifted, but that’s not something that the photo sharing services have implemented.