The segment Photograph of the Day had been one of my favorites for several reasons. The main reason is that it gave me the opportunity to promote those photographs which in my opinion showed quality. Whenever possible I gave credit to the photographer to spread the word of his or her creations.
The Web site that best served the photographers’ purpose was Pixdaus.com. Everyday this site included spectacular photographs, which in my opinion, should be shared with other persons who enjoy photography. Pictures have a special way to influence your spirituality. Some photographs often brought mist to my eyes; they are very powerful message carriers.
For this reason, my photographs of the day were selected from Pixdaus.com. I thought I was acting legally; that is, not breaking any copyright legislation. Pixdaus.com even promoted the use of their photographs. For example:
“Host and bookmark beautiful nature photography with Pixdaus! The more beautiful the image, the more exposure it’ll get, unless you’d like to make your favorites list private, which is cool too. Share your photos with other people who are passionate about nature and the environment by embedding photos in your blog, linking to them and sharing them with family and friends. Please don’t violate copyright laws. Give credits. Be nice. Let’s be conscious of the world we live in.”
That was until yesterday afternoon when I read something that brought a halt to my intentions about my favorite segment. This is what I read at Pixdaus.com:
Important! Please do not upload copyrighted images. You run the risk of being banned permanently from Pixdaus and photographers taking legal action against you. If you wish to upload an image whose copyrights do not belong to you, it is vital you contact the photographer first. Should the photographer not grant you permission, you are forbidden to post the image(s) to the site.
In view of the above, I researched the subject of copyright material, just to make sure I made the right decision about posting photographs from Pixdaus.com. or not. I found the following explanation about a copyright myth, which I feel is correct:
Myth: “If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted.”
“This was true in the past, but today almost all major nations follow the Berne copyright convention. For example, in the USA, almost everything created privately and originally after April 1, 1989 is copyrighted and protected whether it has a notice or not. The default you should assume for other people’s works is that they are copyrighted and may not be copied unless you know otherwise.
There are some old works that lost protection without notice, but frankly you should not risk it unless you know for sure.”
The message was clear—crystal clear. Stay away from Pixdaus.com photographs before you get in trouble. It was never my intention of breaking the law posting other people’s creations. I thought I was promoting their work and not benefiting or creating a profit by doing so. Lingua Franca is not a profit-oriented blog. There are no ads in my blog as you all know.
In view of the above, starting today, Photograph of the Day has been discontinued. I’ll try to take better photographs in the future, and if I find them appropriate, I might identify them as Photograph of the Day. If not, then I’ll keep on practicing photography to develop my picture-taking skills.
Sorry about this folks, but the law is the law. Good Day.