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Beware - giving copyright away when you upload a picture - Dogs Trust

Walking the dog near Melksham OakWe've signed up to add pictures of the hound to "DoggySnaps" - run / sponsored by the Dog's Trust from where Gypsy arrived. Yes, we paid Gypsy's kennel costs. Yes, we made a donation ... but we want to encourage them more and help them with things like a vibrant web site (which it is). But - goodness - you have to be careful, don't you. From the small print:

3.2 By accepting these terms and in consideration of your registration and use of the Site you hereby grant Dogs Trust an exclusive licence to use the photographs for all purposes in all media throughout the world for the full period of the copyright and any similar right.

3.3 Dogs Trust hereby grants you a non-exclusive licence to use the photographs for private and domestic purposes. If you wish to use the photographs commercially or in any commercial publication please contact us and we will consider an extension of this licence-back in this regard.

Now that made me stop and think very carefully indeed! In practise, it's very unlikely indeed that we would want to make commercial gain from the pictures - but places like this blog are hardly "private / domestic" and any picture that I post up to http://www.doggysnaps.com/ becomes theirs to use and they will consider letting me use my own picture further if I ask.Darned cheek if you ask me

I've taken a pragmatic view. Yes, it's not a bad idea to have a few pictures up there and I'm happy to give them some rights to use over some good (but probably not the best!) pictures which I am being careful to upload at web (rather than printed material) resolution. But any gems are being reserved for use here or elsewhere - for I really wouldn't want to find myself in legal hot water over one of my own pictures that, in years to come, I had forgotten I had uploaded to their site.


Would you like to see some more of my doggy pictures? The mediocre ones are here ... I can only say sorry that - legally - I can't actually put the pictures that I took myself, and for which I have no payment, on my own site any longer!





Update, February 2011 ... not as bad, but I was tempted to upload some pictures to the melkshampeople website .... and looking at the Ts and Cs I read You retain any copyright you may have in Your Content. By submitting material to us, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive worldwide licence to use, copy, edit, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, make available, communicate and distribute Your Content (in whole or part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed..

Hmm .. website I'm happy, front page of the Daily Mail (which owns the site), I don't think so. Cheaky landgrab!
(written 2009-04-25, updated 2011-02-16)

 
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