The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319   Message #2135184
Posted By: Colin Randall
28-Aug-07 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: RE: Copyright warning - bloggers!
I think nicking someone's music in this way - especially if it's the whole album - is beyond the pale, but copyright is a strange beast.

You get people uploading their own stuff voluntarily to YouTube or wherever, and it's there for a totally random audience to see and hear, and presumably to copy over and again

My own struggles occur mostly with still photography: each of my blogs makes plentiful use of Flickr. The need to use is usually instantaneous (or at least same day), but most Flickr members don't sit all day in front of screens waiting for requests. So I post first, ask afterwards, always promising to remove an image if its use offends.

In 98 per cent of cases, the response is positive: people like the fact their work has been shown elsewhere, with due credit given. They probably also realise I am unlikely ever to get rich, or even necessarily break even, running blogs.

But the few who DO object can be incredibly pompous about their rights, even though they have not bothered to make the easy security settings that would make it obvious their pix were not for use elsewhere. I am true to my word and remove such images asap, but am always left wondering why anyone whose pictures appear with notes saying Blog This or This Photo is Public (or similar) should then be surprised that someone takes them at face value. Yet the laws of copyright presumably protect them every much as the unfortunate victims of pirated recordings.