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Recently there have been events where members were removing copyright info from work they did not own.

I want to ask everyone to please respect how some people earn some, or all, of their income. We have e-book sellers, photo sellers, writers and developers. It makes me a little sad to see a 'don't care attitude' with wanting what you want, so you just can take it. Imagine yourself, or family member, being robbed of their income. Please report these events on every website that you happen to come across this. It is not a victimless crime. When you post that you have stolen content, it never goes away. It will follow you. Asking how to remove protections is still stealing. This is personal to me. Pinning in many cases is stealing, if you do not want your hard work shared by a competitors website.

 

Think, before posting.

 

 

 

Great. I misspelled intellectual.

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I have made comments in the past about using pictures from games and other places in sigs and gallery pictures but was shot down with other's comments who seem to think it is ok. I have made my own texture gallery just so that I do not have to use anyone else's which may be copyrighted. And 99% if not all of my pictures contain only stuff I made myself. Not only is it wrong to steal other's pictures,it is also a lame way to call yourself an artist while doing so. 

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I have made comments in the past about using pictures from games and other places in sigs and gallery pictures but was shot down with other's comments who seem to think it is ok. 

 

It's not OK if the images are protected by copyright.  

 

If the images are made available without charge or protection then you're free to use them for your own works in some circumstances.  In some competitions, for example, outside (stock) images are not allowed.  Where such images are allowed, we require proper attribution of the source image(s). 

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I have made comments in the past about using pictures from games and other places in sigs and gallery pictures but was shot down with other's comments who seem to think it is ok

The serious sig makers will get them from Planet Render and such places and there's terms and conditions in place. Not all sig makers rip

I'm sure the older ones of us here taped a song or 2 off the radio when we were younger (never quite pressing pause in time) Or who's borrowed a cd, and ripped it for pc use ? At least once ?

I'm not condoning theft of any kind but it'll always go on

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As long as you're not selling the "ripped CDs" or claiming artwork as your own, there's nothing to be afraid of. We recorded lots of Christmas songs when we first came to America by pressing the record button on the cassette player. We still have them. BUT we never sold them and kept them ONLY for personal use.

I just think that now it's a different story. Everybody's afraid of getting sued for something we've been doing for several decades.

To be safe, give credit to whom it needs to be given and don't steal others' work. If you need to buy it, buy it. No big deal.

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The "Fair Use" clause is a very grey area.  

 

As I understand it, if you're not profiting from the use of the image in question and attribute it to the source, and the copyright is not specifically stated - then you might be able to use it.  Clear?

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I may sound ignorant here ... but what's pinning ?

I will not mention website names. I do not respect them. There are websites that they do not stop their members from placing copies of things they find, like images, on their website. Let us say that you have your images on your website. You want others to find them and get them directly from you? With pinning you get pushed down the rankings in searches from the stealing pinning websites. They find a lot of popular items and get higher rankings from pinching works they do not own. The website owners claim they have no control of what their members post? I understand that point of saving your < no swearing >'ets. Claim ignorance and collect the rankings and attention. I see many people taking a lot of credit for others work. They think that if they post it, or write about it, or steal it, it makes them more popular? I will never post anything that others write, or make, thinking it somehow makes me more popular.

Think about how many times that you see this everywhere. It has become almost acceptable.

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Do you mean "pinning" as in submitting to Pinterest?

 

I do not ever speak the word of an enemy across my lips. Decide on your own. I could name a dozen or so websites that when i search for my own work, they appear before my own website. Why are they in front of the persons who actually created anything? They just try to steal and hotlink others property. The search engines need to step up and be accountable and earn respect. Life is not fair, is it?

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I think being anti-Pinterest because some users steal content is rather silly.  Trying to force social networks or search engines to police copyright is a really bad idea in both concept and execution; it just squelches creativity, it doesn't encourage it.  Now, should takedown notices be simpler?  Perhaps, with a caveat: I'd still say human-reviewed takedown requests are probably the best idea for making sure that the web stays friendly to creatives.

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