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A gentle reminder on proper image use on Persona Paper

I THOUGHT IT was time for a gentle reminder on proper image use on Persona Paper. Anyone who hasn’t read the FAQs, especially that part covering what Persona Paper requires of image use, should do so ASAP - there is a lot in there which you should know and you will find a link at the top of every page.

To recap:

1. All images you use on your posts must be either your own work or licensed for use on a commercial blogging site, which is what Persona Paper is;

2. All images you use on your posts must be credited and provided with a link back to the source so that PP admin can quickly and easily check their provenance when it comes to payout time.

Copyright law is complex and confusing but here are a few hints:

Screenshots and other graphics taken from sites outside Persona Paper are the intellectual property of the site which creates them and cannot be used without that site’s permission. If you have permission to use screenshots that should be stated in the post - and keep the relevant emails in case PP admin ask to see them;

Photographs you have taken yourself of book covers, commercial products, etc. must be used with caution. Again, they are the intellectual property of whoever creates them and with one exception are not free to use without permission - even if you own the product/publication and took the photo yourself;

That one exception is the ‘’Fair Use’’ doctrine which applies to a review, a critique, a summary etc., dealing with that specific product/publication but be aware that ‘’Fair Use’’ is uncertain legal ground and is taken on an individual basis and if the creator of intellectual property you use under ‘’Fair Use’’ disputes that then the outcome of any legal action is far from certain;

OK, this post is getting longer than I anticipated so let’s cut to the chase. Anyone who disagrees with anything I have said in this post is on to a loser for a start! Why? Because the rules of Persona Paper (read the FAQs) are quite clear and state that:

You are receiving compensation for your articles here, so when you are using an image we need to ensure that we have the right to display that image. It is impossible to keep track of all the images on the internet, so you including an image credit is an admission of where you found the image, and that you have the right to use it for the article you just wrote.


When it (rule breach) is brought to our attention, we will be forced to remove the article and any associated coins derived from that article from your account. If we receive multiple complaints then we will be forced to take additional action, which may include revoking of posting privileges or deletion of your account.

Persona Paper has chosen to take a stand against infringement of copyright and they ain’t kiddin’! Persona Paper admin also have the final word on any and all images used here.

For further information read the FAQs and THIS POST by MaeLou

Image Credit » by Tim Hamilton on Flickr and used here with his kind permission (and I have the emails to prove it!):

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MegL wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:08 PM

Useful reminder. And when it comes to cash out time, if any of your pictures do not meet the requirements, you may end up with not enough coins to cash out! elitecodex has made it really easy to add Pixabay photos with the correct attribution.

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:19 PM

And the reason for him doing that is to avoid the copyright infringements we used to see widely on Persona Paper!

LoudMan wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:25 PM

It seems pretty clear to me and I am easily confused.

DanieGirl8587 wrote on October 4, 2015, 5:25 PM

Good reminder! I just use PP pics so as not to get in trouble again lol.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:01 PM

I certainly will not argue with you about copyright law. I try to be very careful with my photos and attributions. If the photos are not my own, they are from a public domain sources such as Pixabay. If they are my own and are of a commercial nature, such as my recent picture of a P.T.'s cup, they are used in association with a review of the business as I did with that one. It really isn't that hard to follow the rules. If you are not sure you should use the picture, you probably shouldn't.

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:03 PM

Pixabay is also an easy site to use and make attribution to when the limited number of photos available through PP don't have what you need.

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:05 PM

That's good advice. If in doubt - don't!

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:11 PM

That's a good point. Persona Paper's Image Wizard actually shows only a small selection of the images available in any particular category. Going to Pixabay itself gives you a much wider choice

Kasman wrote on October 4, 2015, 6:12 PM

I am quite convinced that some people don't even bother to read the rules!

CoralLevang wrote on October 4, 2015, 7:25 PM

I see that I have likely not been in complete compliance....

However, there is a thin line, is there not? If you take a picture of your pool as &AbbyG did, for instance, with Ruby and a Frisbee in here mouth, could the argument be made that the pool company or Frisbee company has rights to it?
Also, some approved photos on Pixabay have brand name products pictured, so why would that change the legality of taking our own picture of ingredients used, for instance?

This is where I get confused.

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Feisty56 wrote on October 4, 2015, 8:43 PM

Thanks for this reminder. We can become so caught up in the excitement of writing a post that common sense and the rules fly out the window. Just as we wouldn't want someone taking our work and using it as his/her own, we must do the same when we use images or photos.

cheri wrote on October 4, 2015, 9:55 PM

Thanks for these reminders. I seldom use my own photo here but I do make attribution

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 4, 2015, 10:03 PM

Frisbee brings up some interesting legal questions. The patent has expired so you can make and sell an exact duplicate but the Trademark is still protected so you cannot call it a Frisbee.

In &AbbyG 's case, I don't think the pool company would have a claim but the Frisbee people might if the word Frisbee is visible and they could convince a judge that a significant number of the people who viewed the post chose to solely because of the appearance of the Frisbee in the photo.

AliCanary wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:57 AM

I would also add that some sites--not sure if PP is one of them--also do not give much leeway for "fair use". For example, I did a review of a food product for Associated Content / Yahoo and used a scan of the box for the review. They kept the review, but dumped the picture. I can understand not wanting to deal with any potential copyright issues. I don't bother to use any logos or scans of packaging or book covers, and I do write quite a lot of reviews. Wikimedia Commons is very good for free-use pictures of celebrities and other public figures for entertainment and book reviews. You can always find some sort of representational picture to illustrate the concept fairly well.

Kasman , this really is your area of expertise, and I think you would be especially good doing this as a moderator!

Paulie wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:10 AM

Thanks for sharing some interesting and very useful information.

CoralLevang wrote on October 5, 2015, 8:36 AM

I agree re: Kasman as moderator

Kasman wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:33 PM

''Fair Use'' (which is what you are actually referring to) is a good example of where copyright is most confusing - even the experts get confused! That is why ''Fair Use'' can't be relied upon to provide a defence in a Court of Law. Each case would be taken on its own merits. In the case of AbbyG 's pool and Ruby's ''frisbee'' it would hang on whether the product was identifiable to a specific company ie: was it a genuine Frisbee or a generic product which looked the same (you can't claim any infringement of copyright if you can't prove the image was of your product)..

Regarding Pixabay, I used to think that using an image from Pixabay (who don't require any attribution) was a foolproof way of choosing an image for a post but as you point out some images there contain trademarked products and shouldn't be used on a site such as Persona Paper (or any similar site) and some images there are actually still copyrighted by the original photographer and have been ''mistakenly'' uploaded to Pixabay!

The ultimate test is the use to which the image is put. Most commercial companies wouldn't (I think) object to you showing an image of their product (it's free advertising for them) provided you said nice things about them but if you badmouthed them or their product they might just take a different view. Even if your use is ''Fair Use'' (in your view) it is only polite to ask permission of the copyright holder - and if such permission is gained then the problem is solved!

''Fair Use'' is that part of copyright law which causes the most confusion. If you are interested in knowing more then take a look at this article:

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Kasman wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:40 PM

DWDavisRSL - Quite correct!

Last Edited: October 5, 2015, 2:50 PM

Kasman wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:43 PM

Just a small point about taking photos. It isn't against copyright law to merely take a photo (but it maybe against privacy or other laws). The copyright breach occurs when the photo is published - so your holiday snaps are probably safe!

CoralLevang wrote on October 5, 2015, 2:54 PM

Thank you for the explanation and the link.

I wondered about that with the photos on Pixabay. I was going to Starbucks, and wanted a picture of coffee or something, and used that as a search....Starbucks. There were several on Pixabay of the logo itself, or stores, etc.

I cannot imagine being a copyright attorney. It would be worse than a tax attorney! LOL

Again, thank you, sir. You are a gem!

WordChazer wrote on October 5, 2015, 4:35 PM

Also, if infractions are noticed, the first place to check for notification is the Open Issues tab on the drop down under your logged in name.

WordChazer wrote on October 5, 2015, 4:37 PM

'S on the in'erne'. So's free, innit? (Delivered in Vicky Pollard chav accent).

Kasman wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:28 PM

Anyone who has an ''Open Issue'' is directed to that page when they login

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:46 PM

Kasman gets my vote for moderator.

AudreyHowitt wrote on October 8, 2015, 8:28 PM

Very well said. There are so many images that can be used freely, but they must all be attributed