Sunday, November 15, 2009

Think before uploading pictures, children

Children love the images posted on various websites. Whenever they need images they simply go to the google images search or yahoo image search, type the name of the image and hit the return key. Instantaneously, pages and pages of images running into millions are displayed page-wise in the google page or the yahoo page. After looking at a few pages they download the images on to their hard disks. So far so good, nothing is wrong with this activity.

Sometimes they think of sending these pictures to friends via email. Even this is fine. Someone may take a print out and keep it. Even this is fine. Then, there are websites like thinkquest where they have an account, where they are allowed to create pages and upload pictures. Similar is the case with the blogs they operate. Unknowingly and innocently they upload the pictures of animals, plants, birds, cartoons and what not, into these websites and blogs. The real problem lies here. So what's the problem.

The problem here is that these photos may be copyrighted and you will know it when you click on the image in the google page where it says that the image may be having a copyright. Any photo, image or a written work which is copyrighted cannot be used by any other person without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. This statement has a lot of jargon and I think you may be having difficulty understanding it. In other words, anyone who wants to use a picture downloaded from a website should go back to the website from where the picture is downloaded, go to the bottom of the page or the top of the page. Here you find a contact us link, click on it and send a mail to the person requesting him permission to upload the picture where you want. Wait for their reply. If they send a reply allowing you to use it, you can upload it.

If you don't get a reply or a negative reply don't ever upload the picture, image or photograph. It is as simple as that. If you don't heed to the advice you will get a harsh punishment. Some websites have photographs which are not copyrighted or the publishers write it somewhere on the webpage that the pictures, images or photographs are in public domain, which means that the pictures, images and photographs can be used freely, circulated freely, printed freely, uploaded freely or do what you want.

Well, before uploading photos keep these points in mind and take good decisions.


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