Over the past couple days we have published some amazing photos and thought this might be a good time to interrupt a fun day of Woody Boating to do a story on Copyright, Facebook, Instagram and general use of Woody Boater content. AHHHHHHHHH! So you say, why are you doing this, did something happen? Yes, in fact it happens sometimes daily. We have to spend a ton of time being copyright cops, and generally being the people we don’t want to be. But after swatting flies for the past year, it gets old. So we felt lets just say it all here. This story will also apply to your stuff and how its used on different media channels.
Copyright. So there is a bunch of stuff out there regarding this, but in a nut shell, if you didn’t shoot the shot yourself, you can’t use it without permission from the photographer or Illustrator. Its not just theft, its a federal crime. Artists spend a fortune grabbing images. Camera equipment, travel, time to set up the shot or wait for the special moment, not to mention the years of school, and doing it over and over. Just look at Kent O. Smith Jrs photos and you get it. I cant shoot that stuff. A person that shoots the shot, even if its your mother owns that image. You can go further like we have and register the work. But bottom line, if you did not shoot it, it aint yours. Period!
Directive Copyright Infringement. OK, this one is all over the place, lets say you like a boat here on Woody Boater, so you steal it, place it into your picture or art, and then try and sell it as your art. This happens a lot. For the record, stealing images that someone else shot is NOT art without permission, it’s theft.
Facebook – So when you grab an image and create a group or fan facebook page using those images without permission or respect of the artist, that’s a NO NO. Now, are we talking about you sharing a story from Woody Boater on your facbook page, so its in context and properly covered? No, That’s encouraged. What we are talking about is literally downloading the image and placing it on your site as if it was yours. We have no choice but to report that, or charge you. And Facebook will shut down your site, and we will charge you a fee and legal fees. All our images and content is protected on Copyright.gov and we will go after you. You can read all about Facebook Copyright stuff HERE.
Instagram – This has been the biggest pain in the aft lately. Why? Because Instagram is a far far younger audience, and generally that age group has yet to be educated on things like Copyright and usage. To be clear. YOU CAN NOT USE ANYONE’S IMAGES ON INSTAGRAM WITHOUT PERMISSION! A credit alone is NOT CONSENT. It’s like going into someones garage and stealing the car and once caught, saying sorry, you told everyone its that guys car in the garage. You already used the image to make your Instagram page stronger. This has been an ongoing issue, and we will no longer warn second offenders. Here is the Instagram Copyright page.
Commercial Use Of images. – We get requests weekly, and are more than happy to oblige and have a network of photographers to help. It will cost, but generally it’s very fair and reasonable. Far far cheaper than shooting the shot yourself, since a daily boat rental for a shoot can be over $2,000
Personal Use. So you want to make a screen saver, great, no problem, but the minute you want to sell it, or post it on your site as such, now you are using that image to promote yourself. NO! Want to make t shirts and sell them from art found on a site like Woody Boater, that’s a no no, want to paint your walls in your room with Woody boater quotes. Have fun, and get a dictionary. Cause they are most likely not spelled correctly. This is an area that gets confusing, buts simple. The second you use it outside of your personal use, its a crime. Yes, thats right, that album art you like from Iron Butterfly being re purposed as art is a copyright issue, as your desk top screen saver?
Music. Like making a youtube video with the Beach Boys. NO WAY! That’s a major violation since the Beach Boys may not want to be part of your boat restoration. There is Stock Music out there for that reason, in some cases it’s free.
Words – Superbowl is a Trademarked name, you can not use it without paying for it in commercial use. For example if we wanted to do a Woody Boater Superbowl Sale, that’s not allowed, The same goes for Woody Boater. Woody Boater is a Trademarked name. Yup, Just like Coca Cola, Woody Boater is our name and Registered at the Trademark office. You can not cal yourself Woody Boater on a web forum, nor can you start any website using that term.
Hasn’t this been fun. IT SUCKS! I have put this crap off for months. Texx and I are not fans of being this way, but since there are roughly 30,000 images out there on Woody Boater, and its a fantastic source for stuff, its tempting to use it and talk youself into thinking its OK. So sadly here it is. Ruining a fun day that we could be spending drooling on fun images of classic boats, that are copyright protected and you will be electrocuted if you download.
Happy header day! Please don’t steal any of them!