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Can a put a published photo on my personal blog (no ads etc.) if I credit the photographer and the magazine where it was published?

Asked by St.George (5865points) September 1st, 2008

Just want to make sure I’m using proper internet protocol. It’s from New York Magazine and only friends and family read the blog.

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marinelife's avatar

You can put a link to the image with no problem. Cutting and pasting it onto your site is probably not OK.

TrenchMouth's avatar

It being published is only half the info. What kind of copyright does the publisher maintain that it has? Maybe they are totally cool with you using it as long as you attribute it to them. Are you making a derivative work? That is a tough one to answer. Also, do you plan to see any income (even a nickel) because of that photo?

Your best bet is to contact them and ask, they will definitely let you know one way or the other.

St.George's avatar

I appreciate the answers…

Just to follow up with some background: My blog consists of my baking foibles and stories about my children. I think my mother, grandmother, sister and a couple of friends read it. I don’t have any ads and I don’t intend to get any, ever. I receive no money for the blog. I wrote a post about a recipe made by a popular French chef, and I attached a photo of him to go along with the post. Right underneath the photo I put: Photo: (photographer’s name) for New York Magazine .

There was no copyright info on the page, but I assume the photographer was paid for the photo by the magazine.

I don’t want to go through the hassle of contacting the guy so just end up taking it down if you think it’s the fair thing to do.

marinelife's avatar

You don’t have to contact the photographer, but New York Magazine who has acquired the right to publish the photo. By reporducing the photo, you are violating their copyright. The fact your blog is not commercial does not make it OK. Sorry.

St.George's avatar

Removed. Thanks for helping me figure that out.

jballou's avatar

You should look up Fair Use practices and see if your purposes fall within the parameters of Fair Use.

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