Before i started this blog, i was concerned with copyright issues. I didn’t know what was legal. I wasn’t sure what was allowed. After this blog launched, i was careful in not using anything that i felt was the property of others. This included images and logos.
I’m a real estate developer. I deal with lawyers all the time. Althought they don’t deal with copyright issues, i asked them a few questions. They told me to stay clear of anything that belongs to others. Don’t touch anything that you don’t own. So in the beginning, i tried to only use images that i took with my camera. This gets pretty tedious. It slowed down my posting. I was spending so much time. I didn’t and don’t ever want to blog full time. So i started using images i found on the web. I haven’t yet heard of a complaint or dealt with any issues.
From what i know of the legal system, i can tell you that you’re safe from using images you find on the web. You’re safe cause you blog won’t ever grow into a monster blog. If it does, deal with the legal and copyright issues then. Right now, your blog only gets a hundred hits a day. This is nothing. No one will even notice if you used their image or not. Of course, if you can you should get permission. But if you are writing on the fly, don’t worry yourself with such issues. It’ll only slow you down.
If you receive an email or notice to remove copyright stuff, then remove it. No blood no foul. It’s expensive to use the legal system. It’s expensive and slow. No body wants to go through that. So most likely, you won’t face any legal problems. If you do, it means that your blog is growing into a giant. That’s great news. Then you should start watching out for these issues. Until then, don’t concern youself with such matters. The pictures i post of Scarlet Johanson aren’t mine. I found them online. But i probably will never face legal problems cause my humble blog is a blimp on the internet. If my site grew to johnchow level, then i would be a bit more careful. Until then, i’ll find the sexiest Scarlet pictures and post them on my blog worry free.
Disclaimer- The Noob is not a lawyer. If you take legal advice from me, you are an idiot. I’m just saying what’s on my noob mind.