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    You need improvement on this matter. I think perhaps you are conflating Creative Commons with Public Domain. Typically, Creative Commons includes a requirement for credit. That doesn't mean announcing all (or most) of the pictures are Creative Commons. It means giving appropriate, specific credit for each image. It's not a lot for the creator of an image to ask: give credit.

    Put another way: If it's my pictures in the Creative Commons, I want credit that I took the picture. My name attached to the picture I took. Not a blanket statement that it's Creative Commons. It's not just a matter of legality, it's a matter of respect for whoever took the pictures.

    Pictures created at taxpayer expense by government agencies are generally public domain, as opposed to Creative Commons. Even so, they generally ask for attribution, too. And considering how much anti-government BS gets spewed around by the Tea Party &c, it's a good idea to give credit where credit's due for government agencies.

    It's easy enough to do, too. When you upload your pictures to the DKos image library, you just add the source under attribution, and it will be automatically included when you add it to the diary. It requires a little bit of effort, but nothing compared to if you went out and took the pictures yourself.

    So, for example: I'm guessing your first picture came from the National Park Service. If you had put that info in the image library's meta section, it would automatically show on the little black band at the bottom of the image, which now pops up to say "attribution: None Specified."

    It's not that hard to get it right, or at least mostly right. Since you seem to be in the habit of posting diaries using images you didn't make yourself, it's worth taking the time to do it right. That bit at the end about "fair use" doesn't make sense. Furthermore, your "intent" isn't an acceptable excuse for not giving attribution to the pictures.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:16:57 AM PDT

    •  Agreed completely. (6+ / 0-)

      Photo use has always been a little loose at this site - I wish I could say I've been 100% consistent - but it's especially important with these photo-heavy diaries that some attribution is given.

      To the diarist: Creative Commons or not, you still have to give attribution in order to comply with Fair Use.  Someone did take these photos, after all.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:04:09 AM PDT

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      •  am in agreement. . . (6+ / 0-)

        with your comments and I think more and more the site is clearing up this ubiquitous problem. If not using my own or other agreement-types of photos, I always embed those names in the photos (if Creative Commons) and that DOES give credit to the folks who take the shots. Just scroll over the picture and copy the image and voila. Anyway, thanks for posting the comment. I have been working with a site coordinator on the matter and his clarity on the subject speaks volumes (as does yours).

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:26:11 AM PDT

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      •  This is one reason I rarely -- (3+ / 0-)
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        if ever -- post photos in a diary, I'm amazingly confused about what the appropriate way to handle all this is.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:51:39 AM PDT

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        •  I was told how to do it. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          and when using Creative Commons photos, those that are not used for commercial use, embedding the name source is gud enuf. I believe the site administrator's are also working on a universal agreement, which, of course, should be in effect (though it's plainly not) and hang on for the ride. I hear from others that it's something all picture-posters, as it were, should be doing. Of course, that's not the case then, is it? Thanks for posting your comment on the matter.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:16:24 AM PDT

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