The Image Swap: Update Complete

toolsWhew.  What a weekend.  Major changes have occurred throughout the page.  I thought a post covering the changes and offering some blogging “advice” might be warranted.  Advice is in quotations because this is coming from a blogging amateur.  If I was a pro, I wouldn’t have been chasing my tail all weekend.

First and foremost, I removed and replaced all potentially copyrighted imagery from my page.  This took a long time with some 100+ images being swapped out.  As I’ve recently added my services page to my website, my page has shifted from purely educational (Fair Use) to a more commercial application.  Now that my page could be viewed as a commercial entity, copyrighted images are a problem.  I also plan to sell my books here someday too, which would have been another potential heartache.

Here are some image finding solutions.

online searchIf you are going to use Google, or any image search engine, to find an image, go to search tools and change the “usage rights” to “labeled for reuse.”  These are public domain images.  If you are going to alter them (i.e. add text) then you need to select, “labeled for reuse with modification.”

Pixabay and Shutterstock are two solid search tools to find free, public domain images.

Most of the imagery found on Wikipedia is public domain.  That is GIANT pool of images to search from.  You can go to Wikimedia to use their search tool.  I would recommend double checking the user privileges.

A host of the images searched for online come from artist generated sites like DeviantArt.  Many of those artists have copyrighted their imagery.  You can shoot the individual artist an email and often times they will give you the green light.  It’s possible, but it’s tedious.

Waiting for an Email

I contacted three different gif websites in regards to utilizing gifs on my blog page (because gifs make me happy).  Their “terms of use” pages are super complex.  I’m not a legal beagle, but it appears there is potential for copyright infringement in some applications.  If I ever get contacted back I will share what I find out in a later post.

For quote images I went with AZquotes.  According to their terms page, as long as you provide a link back to their page from the image you can use them for whatever you want.  However, you can’t use them as a giant list (i.e. you can’t make a “Top 20” quotes and link 20 of their images in a row).  Below is an example of what their content looks like, linked as per their terms page.  It’s a suitable quote for this blog post.

mark twain copyright.jpg

You’ll notice in my sidebar I have created a bunch of meme-like photos using older images.  I found most of these courtesy of the New York Public Library.  They have digitized thousands of historic images.  If the image predates 1923 then you are golden (that’s a U.S. rule).  I have linked their search tool here.  They do ask that you reference them so they can keep track of where their images are being used.  It helps them keep getting money to digitize content.  I linked their information into my images metadata like a boss.

Below is a smattering of the images I made to replace memes I had used in my earlier blog posts.  If you want higher resolution images you can go to my sidebar and jump to my Flickr page.  All the images I create are free to share and are sourced from the public domain (i.e. they aren’t copyrighted images I’ve altered).

Most of my created images will be writing oriented, so feel free to use them in your own posts.  I’m not going to sue you.  If you do use them, give me a nod if you would (link them back so I know what people are using and can continue creating applicable content).  As tedious as this whole process was, it was a LOT of fun making these silly images and I look forward to creating more for future blog posts.

 

 

QE logoI have embedded these images with metadata and also added my new trademarked logo to them (fancy huh?).  It’s what my profile image has been changed to as well.  The idea is that all roads should lead back to Rome.  Or in my case, to this blog.  I’m trying to swap out fishing line for dynamite!  We’ll see how it goes.

Other changes to the blog are subtle.  The categories have been cleaned up and some have been removed entirely.  I’m sure I will continue to tweak things here and there.  I also added the services page I mentioned above.

Before you all roll your collective eyes and call me a sell-out, just know this is the last you will hear of me referencing services I provide in blog posts.  I won’t be spamming the walls with editorial ads.  I recently started my own editing business (Quintessential Editing LLC) and moved away from the giant freelance websites I talked about in this post.  I’m excited to not have to deal with middlemen, do the type of editing I want to do, and be able to focus more on quality than quantity.

That’s it for the updates.  I PRAY this is the last time I have to do a major website revision.  Tomorrow we can get back on track with writing tips, rants, and tomfoolery.  Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

Copyright Info (final)

36 responses

  1. Boy, that sounds like a lot of work. I have a disclaimer under my dragon paws to explain where the images come from. ^_^ Since, I am a researcher, I learned to create my own images or use free images in services like Canva. Institutions like universities totally frown at students who don’t know what images they can use. That learning transferred to my blog and my books which is why I bug my sister for drawings or use Canva. I rather buy my sister chocolate than get in trouble with images haha

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    • Chocolate seems like the easiest way. It seems chocolate is able to solve most of life’s problems.

      By the way, I snagged my wife’s Kindle and your book was loaded on there already. I flipped through the first few pages and everything seems to be in order. I mentioned the Amazon notice and she said she didn’t receive any kind of email either? So maybe she is good to go?

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      • The first 21 pages look okay. However, the publication process got messed up and there are page numbers in the middle of paragraphs.

        “You can receive the improved versions of all your books by opting in to receive book updates automatically. You can do this by going to ‘Manage Your Content and Devices’ and clicking automatic book update under settings tab.

        Or you can find the book manually in that list and update just the one.”

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      • I just did the update. It looks much better. It fixed the paragraph issues and everything else. Awesome! Heather says, “Thanks!” 🙂

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    • When I was in the army we could get a lot done with a six pack of beer and a pizza pie. Need help moving? Supply food and booze. Want help hiding the body? You guessed it, beer and pizza! LOL!! Chocolate seems easier!

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  2. The issue of reusing or modifying images came to mind when I started. I use only my own images and creations. BTW I see no harm in plugging your services from time to time. I may need an editor in the near future and good trustworthy ones are hard to find.

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    • I wish I would have managed the image use better from the start. When I started I wasn’t using my page for anything other than education. There is some confusing gray area between Copyright Infringement and Fair Use in regards to education. Regardless, now I’m solid. Only public domain and my own devious creations now!

      As for editing, I’m just glad to be done with those giant freelancing websites. That was a nightmare.

      Thanks for stopping by today and reading. Good luck with your project!

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  3. Like I said in my tweet, the website looks great! A nod to your services once and awhile isn’t bad, it’s apart of the great package you produce here, people should know about it! Congrats on stepping off the freelance battle ships! Happily looking forward to where you’re going!

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    • I appreciate the tweet! I sent you muse blessing enhancing your energy flow by over 9000!!

      Thanks for the congrats too. I was going to use a website like Legalzoom to set up the business and it would have been 500+ dollars. I used the small business administration website and did it myself for under 200. Crazy! I’m glad to be free if the battle ships 🙂

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  4. Quite the entertaining post! I also learned quite a bit about images which is a subject I want to keep up on as I’m always worried about copyright and I am super careful about what I use or don’t.

    That little tip about google images in the beginning was invaluable! Thank you for that.

    Cheers! ^_^

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      • I agree with you. I didn’t realize memes and goofy gifs were also tied up with potential copyright issues. Since much of it is repurposed trying to find the original artists to cite is nearly impossible. It’s really a gray area.

        Now that I’m making my own it’s no worries now! I feel better (safer) about my content too, which is one less thing to stress about.

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    • Glad you found something useful from my missteps! It makes it easier in hindsight. I hadn’t thought about it too much until I considered adding the business page. Then after some research I was like, “All right, let’s not get sued Corey.” Everything is peachy now!

      Thanks for swinging in today.

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  5. Never feel bad about plugging anything that you are doing on your own site! As to copywritey stuff, I put a disclaimer at the bottom of my posts and add direct links under any pictures or at the bottom of the post (I also had an Additional Info link in my About Me, asking that any sharing done with respect for the sources). I have used some of the public domain sites too. When in doubt, add the link! For actual photos, I ended up getting permission from the sources. Time-consuming but then everything is posted with permission. I have just started a new series and will be relying on NASA’s public domain pics for it.

    You can never be too careful. 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I’m glad you found something useful in my ramblings. Happy writing and good luck with your work.

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      • You are welcome. I am targeting your older posts so that, from your perspective, it is driving traffic to these posts that are likely not showing in the WordPress reader (due to being too old) but are still valid. This also helps prevent the reblogs from “competing” with your more current material. (That is not an option on my astrology blogs since the material is inherently time-sensitive. But, I can do it with writing material.)

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      • I like looking at the imagery from your astrology posts. The content is interesting too, but there’s something amazing about the images.

        Regardless, I appreciate you sharing my content. I’ve remapped my widgets to make it more intuitive for people, but re-blogging is obviously more effective. I’ll likely continue thanking you in the future.

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      • Thank you for thanking me. Let’s me know that you know a reblog happened. I do add the astrology imagery in because I think some writers might find it useful, particularly if they are writing Swords & Sorcery or anything similar to that. I am an astrology, of course, but that isn’t why I add it in. If is for the reason(s) you mentioned! (And thanks for the feedback. It is useful to know that someone is paying attention!)

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