Lately there’s been a lot of talk in blogging and photography circles about crediting photographers and artists for the images we use on blogs. Grace and her team at Design Sponge wrote a wonderful series of posts about online ethics and Chelsea followed it up with her post on image use on frolic! Both posts prompted some amazing discussion on the topic and raised awareness about an ethical issue. I don’t need to re-state what they’ve already said. Check out their awesome posts.
After much discussion, the talented Pia Jane Bijkerk and Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind made up this gorgeous graphic poster for us to use. Yvette van Boven kindly allowed them to use her beautiful hand made fonts. So chic! Feel free to use this graphic on your own blogs to spread the word about giving credit where credit is due.
As a photographer, I think it’s really important to know your rights. If you put your art out there like I do, it is important to know about copyright laws. As a photographer I am protected under Australian copyright laws which state that I, as the photographer, own the rights to all my photographs. This can change once you start shooting for commercial clients but the ownership is always discussed and worked out under contract.
For your own work:
I am basing this on Australian copyright laws, but they are similar in most countries. If you are a photographer or artist, I urge you to read about your rights. Copyright is automatic and free and therefore you as an artist, can claim copyright on your work. You do not need to have the copyright symbol © attached to your work but it can be added to let others know that you are aware of the copyright laws. See, I have a little copyright notice over there in the right sidebar on my site. I also have it at the bottom of my blog and have always had it on all my websites.
I think this issue comes down to being aware and being courteous. As I see it, the blogging community is one that encourages and celebrates the creativity in others. I personally don’t mind if people use my images on their blogs, in fact, I love it. I think a lot of photographers are like me and are happy when people feature their work when credited. I love this blogging community and am so happy to be a part of it. Let’s all join in Erin’s idea of hugs and graciousness. Hurrah for crediting and hugging!