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Fair Use And Photos On Blogs


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From the class Writing for Online Publication in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Download the full file for links. Find out more about the class here:

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Fair Use And Photos On Blogs

  1. 1. Photos on Blogs: Fair Use and Effective Use Seth C. Lewis School of Journalism, UT-Austin [email_address]
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Fair Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover basics on copyright law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand Creative Commons licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Effective Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where can you find free photos for your blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How best to display photos on your blog? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. For photos, text, whatever —>
  4. 4. Copyright basics <ul><li>What is copyright? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection for “original works of authorship” in just about any artistic, creative or intellectual form, both for published and unpublished works. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why should you care? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t get sued </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t get accused of plagiarism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t ruin your reputation </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Fair Use
  6. 6. Protecting Yourself 101 <ul><li>Give credit. Always. </li></ul><ul><li>Link back to original material. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the Golden Rule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do unto others’ creative works as you would have them do unto you. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Creative Commons Video intro to Creative Commons
  8. 8. More on Creative Commons <ul><li>A simple slideshow on CC basics for photos </li></ul><ul><li>Lawrence Lessig discusses CC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here and here </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. From Fair Use to Effective Use
  10. 10. Finding Photos <ul><li>Using Flickr (from Amy Gahran ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>go to Flickr's advanced search page and enter your search criteria (such as Barack Obama). Scroll down to the bottom of the search page and check the box that says &quot;Only search within Creative Commons-licensed photos. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask yourself: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is it copyrighted? Does Flickr user have rights to image? Is it genuine? Etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be good: link and leave a comment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using other sites (go here ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Using Photos <ul><li>BIG, BIG, BIG </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>... (where appropriate) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Best example: Boston Globe’s Big Picture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Others: take cues from the many news photoblogs </li></ul></ul>