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Old 07-03-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
 
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Default Reminder: Images and Writing must be your own!

Hey everyone, since the formatting has continued to grow in popularity. I want to issue a reminder to everyone regarding the images some are using. As we have clearly stated in the past both HERE and HERE -- all images must be free for you to use (aka, royalty free)

Just because you find it in a search engine, or on an art site, does not make it OK to use. Many images are for private use of the artist or individual who created them. Any image that is NOT royalty free and copyrighted will be removed.

The rules clearly state that this is not allowed: "9) You may not use the artwork of others without permission." Please take a moment to review all of your images, if they are not used with permission or royalty free--please remove them, as we will have to do it if we find they are in the future.

Smitchell (A former staff member of WI) wrote a great post on how to use Gettyimages.com and find royalty free images, or public domain images:

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There has been much use of copyrighted images lately on the rp threads. I wanted to share with you some terms and how to find images you can use. The word copyrighted means that no one can use the image without permission of the owner. If there is an artist watermark, name or the copyright symbol (a circle with a tiny c in it) then the image cannot be used. Most artwork in general is copyrighted unless specifically stated.

For example, if you wanted to use an image from my books ... you would have to get permission from myself, the publisher, or the illustrator. Using those images without permission is illegal --- it is stealing. Do not assume everything on the internet is free.

Public domain means that the image or text is not copyrighted and can be used freely. When you search (Google, Yahoo, or other search engine) type public domain after the search word -- ie: wolf pictures public domain. That should give you many pictures (most of them photos, not illustrated) that you can use LEGALLY.

***update 2/19-- Let me also share what I know from photo-research I have to do on a regular basis. A great website for free images is www.gettyimages.com. When you do a search, you can search for "royalty-free (RF)" images.

For example: If I want to find a picture of a wolf to use. I would use the search engine in Getty. Type wolves, select ONLY the royalty-free RF box then search. You will get tons of items but to refine, you can select Creative Images to the left. (Editorial images are usually pictures of people). I did this and got tons of wolf pictures that are FREE to use..
This also goes for written characters. In no way should you be taking a character from another website. This is another persons hard work, and something that should be respected.

Thank you,

---MissG.
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