Free Image by OCAL on clkr.com
Recently I had posted a graphic of a Quick Guide to Google Classroom for Students. I appreciate all of the positive feedback I received regarding this graphic. However, a couple of bloggers reposted my graphic to their website without my permission. To be blunt, this is stealing.
I love when teachers utilize my resources with their students or in professional development workshops. Credit is always appreciated. However, republishing resources to a public blog without permission from the author is not nice and usually is not legal.
Giving Credit is Not Enough
In some circumstances I have seen the person republishing content give credit to the source they obtained the information from. While I am sure that in most cases the blogger is good natured and thinking that giving credit is doing the right thing, this is still not acceptable. Content published to websites is under copyright unless the content is explicitly labeled as Creative Commons or Public Domain. Giving credit does not give permission to publicly publish.
A couple of years ago I had published a blog post on using Google Draw to Create Mindmaps. The website “Educational Technology and Mobile Learning” posted a blog post on his site with the exact same title. He had taken the graphic and YouTube video off of my site and published it on his site. While he gave me credit this still did not make it okay.
Thank you to Beth Gering whose blog post “Curating verses Stealing” highlights the difference between creating new content or original commentary and simply reposting the ideas of other bloggers. She bravely called out the blogger who is frequently taking information from other blogs and posting them on his blog.
Like Richard Byrne from Free Tech for Teachers I have also noticed bloggers citing “Google Images” as their source. Most images on Google Images are under copyright. The images are also obtained from other websites, not from Google Images. Citing Google Images is an incorrect citation.
You need to click on “Visit page” to go to where the image is actually from. Most likely, you do NOT have permission to republish this image. Unless the image is labeled Creative Commons or Public domain you should NOT post this to your website without asking permission. If the image is labeled for re-use make sure proper citation is given.
For images check out http://www.clker.com/ for images that are free to use. You can also use images from Flickr.com that are labeled as Creative Commons. Note that most images on Flickr are NOT Creative Commons. Filter images on Flickr for Creative Commons.
Referring to and linking back to a bloggers content is acceptable and always appreciated.
Blogger David Andrade provided his readers with a small sample of my graphic and a link back to my website. This is a perfect example of how to share content with your blog readers without violating the copyright
“Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism.” From nolo.com
Fair Use does not give permission to republish content. Fair Use allows you to use small samples of work that is under copyright within the context of your own original work. A rule of thumb for Fair Use is less than 10% AND it does not damage the ability of the owner to market their work. Usually images are used in full and are thus not a “small sample.” For this reason it is usually not acceptable to post images from other websites to your blog without permission.