Friday, February 24, 2017

How do I add clip art to a blog post within legal boundaries stated per collection?

Below is a list of necessary points to consider things to consider when using clip art on a web page or blog post:

1.) First read the Terms of Use. The terms are very important; these are statements of use relating to the copyright or lack there of.

2.) Comply with the terms. These are not included as mere suggestions. You can get into serious trouble for copyright infringement.
3.) Thirdly, you will need to download the clip art to your desktop and repost it onto your own personal web pages. Remember bandwidth theft or hotlinking is illegal.

4.) You need to make sure to provide a contact address for people who wish to inform you about illegal content on your web pages. If you are in violation of a copyright or terms of use and you do not immediately remove that violation from your web pages, you could be blacklisted from the web and also prosecuted in a court of law. You could also loose control of your website or content on it; all of your hard work will be for nothing. Whenever you post to the web, your posting is recorded by many search engines. Even if you do not have a contact address, people can find you. If you have a contact address people will assume that your character is not as purposefully deceptive.

5.) Remember that other folks on the web care about copyright violations. They do not wish to be associated with people who break copyright law either. This could also make them liable for the transgression. In other words, are you using someone else's software to post content that is under copyright and not yours? That could become a very big problem.
6.) The easiest way to illustrate your website or blog without getting into trouble:
  • Illustrated it with your own artwork or photos
  • Pay for illustrations, photos, or clip art
  • Use public domain images and make sure that you know these are public domain resources
  • Use free illustrations, photos, or clip art from free files and follow the Terms of Use carefully and deliberately.
7.) Cover yourself and make sure that you are not violating copyrights or artist's Terms of Use! Keep a record of where and from whom images come from. A backlink just beneath the image helps an author keep track of images and also allows them to find them and remove them quickly if they discover they are breaking copyright law. Be transparent about the resources you use.

8.) If you are using my free images, do not just upload them into web collections for redistribution. This is a violation of my terms. Because the images are mine, I have a right to them legally. This also does not help your page rank with search engines. When they discover that you have done this, they may decide to take your collections down. Redistributing web content that does not belong to you and that is not in the public domain is a serious offense in any country.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Constructive comments are appreciated. All comments are moderated and do not immediately appear after publishing. Thanks and have a nice day!