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Re: Are Photos posted here in Public Domain?

Postby jfrishmanIII » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:21 am

From the terms of service:

SP claims NO ownership of any Content submitted, posted or displayed by SP members. SP members or a third party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content. [emphasis mine]


In other words, the answer to your question is no. There are a number of us here who sometimes sell our photography, including at least a few serious working pros, and I don't expect those folks would contribute their material if it meant losing copyright. Most serious photographers are realistic about the fact that posting photos anywhere online means that they'll occasionally get swiped, but that doesn't mean it's okay, or legal. People wanting to re-purpose text or photos from SP should get permission from the contributors.

Glad you asked! It's understandable that someone could be confused on the issue.
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Re: Are Photos posted here in Public Domain?

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:31 am

You are free to use hotlinks to display other's photos. No one can stop you from doing it and it is perfectly legal. As you know people do it all the time. Some will not like it but that's their problem. Their options are to either live with it or stop you by removing the source. You just can not copy their pics onto your own server, which removes their control over it.
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Re: Are Photos posted here in Public Domain?

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:10 am

Yes. I have no right to stop you from doing it like that, either here or if you want to display it on any other site. You just can't actually copy it over to your site such that it is no longer a link (regardless of whether or not it is modified to show a logo or something).

You never did like that picture though did you? lol
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Re: Are Photos posted here in Public Domain?

Postby AlexRts » Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:52 am

What are you upset about?
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