Rules, Rules, and More Rules

“We judge others by their actions, but we judge ourselves by our intentions.”

Funny, I’m starting this out with a quote that I’m not exactly sure to whom to attribute. Stephen Covey? Jerry Wunder? Ian Percy? Montague Jocelyn King-Harmon? Jerreau?  If you look it up on the internet, it’s hard to know who said it and who re-said it.

But this is less about words and more about pictures. Adding a picture to a blog is a lot more pleasing than not having any. I started this post because I was reading various samples of books on Kindle, last night, and I wanted to start out my post with a nice little picture of a book. But what are the rules on that? Turns out, even if your INTENT is to provide some nice free advertisement, one can get into some big trouble even if there is no profit to the blogger from using the image. I knew this… I mean, I think we all know that using other’s images isn’t such a good idea, but it’s so easy and it helps them, right?

Instead of supplying pretty pictures, I’m just going to provide a few links to a couple of bloggers that talk about this:

Roni Loren posted this on using images in a blog and I found it most helpful. http://www.blogher.com/bloggers-beware-you-can-get-sued-using-photos-your-blog-my-story?page=0,1

Meghan Ward’s Blog Writerland covers Creative Common logos and codes, while providing some places to safely get photos. http://meghanward.com/blog/2012/06/21/where-to-get-photos-for-your-blog/

Interesting and good to know.

I’m still going to look into using a book cover image for a review.

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