Last week, this advertisement at a small on-line vegetable gardening store was brought to my attention by a reader of this blog. http://www.tastefulgarden.com/store/pc/viewContent.asp?idpage=36 Hmm. There’s Skippy, and there’s my garden. The photos are from my blog in June 2006. Funny no one contacted me the ask about using these photos.
So I’ve been looking into copyright issues and blogs. Here’s a good site with lots of information: Internet and the Law at Web Developer’s. This is a quote from Thomas G. Field, Jr. from the same page:
Copyright arises automatically once an original effort has been started and some aspect of it has been fixed in a tangible medium. One need not even have notice on published copies. Registration is required only if legal action is warranted (and the work originates in the U.S. — …
I’ve seen copyright notices on other gardening blogs and it seems to me they clutter up the site and distract from gardening. Nevertheless, I have now added a notice to my sidebar.
I suppose this happens to other blogs too. I’m interested to hear any stories of yours. Drop a comment below. I wonder if other sites are using my photos?
Of course, I’m thrilled if other blogs use my photos and refer or link to my blog. Also if you print or otherwise copy my work for your own personal purposes. The bottom line is : Please don’t use my photos or text for commercial purposes without my permission!