It’s the right thing to do
I don’t consider theft of any type to be appropriate. It’s something my wise old grandmother taught me: “Do not steal.” She had at least two reasons for telling me that:
I was a juvenile delinquent who often stole things.
She was a devout Catholic and believed in the Ten Commandments, of which #8 says, “Thou shalt not steal.”
As I was camping out in blogs this evening, I came across one that has a Friday Flower Fiesta and a logo.
I started my Friday Flower Fiesta back in 2007 at the real estate blogging site where I hung out until January 2012. On January 20, 2012, I had my first Friday Flower Fiesta over here. Now I didn’t trademark the Friday Flower Fiesta name, so anyone is free to use it. However, what they are not free to do is to use my Friday Flower Fiesta logo:
I created that logo when I was learning how to create GIFs. I first used it in my Friday Flower Fiesta of June 22, 2012.
I was shocked when I came across it on some else’s blog without it being a re-blog, and it took me a minute to realize that it really was my logo. I quit camping out in her blog at that time and left her a comment:
“Hey, [name deleted for now]. It is not appropriate for you to steal my Friday Flower Fiesta logo and use it as your own. I would appreciate it if you would take it off of your site since I still use it on mine.”
The person says in the blog profile, “I am very spiritual…. I am a photographer and an artist.” I am amazed that a spiritual photographer and artist is not familiar with copyrights, nor with the common courtesy of either asking for permission to use something or at least informing the copyright owner that the work was going to be used and would be taken down if the copyright owner found it inappropriate.
In this case, since I still use the logo, I would not have given permission for someone else to use it except in a teaching capacity, which the use in the other person’s blog certainly is not.
That’s all I’ll say on the subject at this point, but I have made a note in my camping spreadsheet and, if necessary, will revisit this subject in the future.
Meanwhile, a great general rule of thumb in this Internet world is:
If you didn’t make it, create it, compose it, write it, sing it, photograph it, etc., then it’s not yours and you should not use it.
There are exceptions, such as with Wikipedia, YouTube, Google Maps, etc., where use is allowed, which is why the above rule of thumb is general. However, if in doubt, don’t use it. If you do, though, provide credit to the owner and inform the owner of your use. It’s the right thing to do.
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