I have been reading a lot of posts about blog etiquette lately. It makes me get a sinking feeling that, as a new blogger, I may have somehow crossed the line in some of my posting of photos here. But my feeling is this:
- I don't post photos on my blog that I wouldn't want circulated by the general public. I know they are going to be circulated, because THE WHOLE WORLD is there to read my blog. And I don't care if they are circulated, as long as whoever circulates them does not take credit for them.
2. So I operate my borrowing policy under the same guidelines: I figure, if you didn't want someone to see/enjoy your photo, why have you posted it on the internet? As long as I give credit to others for their hard work, why should I be limited to my own measly photographic skills on my blog?
3. The same goes for photos in books: who stands at the library looking over your shoulder, making sure you are not copying from books and publications, for your personal use?
4. The same goes for photos of products and patterns sold online--why wouldn't you want free advertising and more people being directed to your market by bloggers reviewing your wares?
This is my simplistic view of blog etiquette. I don't know if this is way off the mark, but it seems to me to be the common sense approach. If another blogger wants to post my photos and praise something I did (or even rip on it) go for it. Just don't take credit for the photography. And bold-faced plagiarism is very very bad!
Any opinions on this?