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Skinny




msg:923637
 4:25 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok I'm making a blog about technology.

Let's say I want to show a pic of what I'm talking about how do I do this without breaking copyrights.

Lets say I get the image from the sony website for example. Is there a process where I can use the photo like . . . .this would be annoying e-mailing sony requesting that I use it . . . or do I provide a link back to the source or what.

I'm really confused. Appreciate any help.

Skinny

 

BigDave




msg:923638
 8:33 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you want to do it without asking permission, then you must meet the requirements of Fair Use.

If asking permission seems like too much effort, then you have the option of taking your own picture.

Often times, companies have press kits, or send out press releases with pictures of their product that you can use. But that is not the same as lifting the picture off their website.

HNichols




msg:923639
 10:35 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ask the copyright holder for permission. Most will give it if you simply ask them. They will tell you what legalese you need to use, and some may ask to see the site before it goes live so they can give an ok to it on the page.

Document what you did to try to get permission. If there is a question later, you can show them that you did diligent effort to try to get permission.

Skinny




msg:923640
 11:18 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Ok, now I don't know if this follows what you guys just said.

I have the official site of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and I want to include a screenshot.

Can I just rip it. Like is this part of the press release or do I have to still ask for permission?

Skinny

Syzygy




msg:923641
 11:54 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have the official site of a well known product... and I want to include a screenshot. ...do I have to still ask for permission?

If you have the official site of... a well known product... then your official contract with the makers/manufactures/promoters should clearly state what rights you have relative to the usage of official images for marketing, and other, purposes...

Like check your contract.

Syzygy

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