Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Where to find worry-free images to post on your blog or website

Posted by ipelton on: December 22nd, 2014

When posting images on your website or blog, you must be careful not to step on the copyright rights of others. Violating a copyright can be costly. Getty Images and others use software to persistently scour the internet looking for violations of their images, and contacting the sites who posted them.

Of course, “fair use” often allows for posting images owned by others. But there is never a definite answer to a fair use calculation – unless there is a lawsuit and court involved. When using an image under the belief that fair use permits it, it is always safest to note the source of the photo when posting it, and to link to the source as well.

The safest use of images or pictures on your blog or website is to only use those which have been cleared for use. The sites below offer free images where the usage provisions expressly allow other to generally post and use them. (Of course, you should read the terms of use on the sites for details.)

Wikimedia Commons


buffersocial article: 54+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts



First tip of 2013: update your website’s copyright notice

Posted by ipelton on: January 2nd, 2013

Now that the first days of 2013 are upon us, remember to update your website coyright notices to reflect the current year!

© 2013 Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC. All Rights Reserved.

The ABA has put my paper, Guarding the Keys to Trademarks and Copyrights Online, online. I presented the paper in 2011. It covers many tips for business owners for identifying and protecting trademark and copyright assets online, developing social media and app intellectual property issues, and more.

Let me know what you think of it!

I have submitted a proposal for a panel at SXSW Interactive 2013 conference. Your vote would be most appreciated!  See below for the full description of this panel which would (tentatively) be with Anne Gundelfinger of Law Office of Anne Gundelfinger and former President of INTA, and Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University School of Law.

To vote, go to:

Have expanding IP rights reached the tipping point?


Last year saw SOPA and PIPA go down in flames – much to the chagrin of lawmakers and the copyright content industries. Meanwhile, tech companies continue to blast one another with overlapping patent lawsuits featuring claims for billions of dollars in damages. Aggressive enforcement and expansion of intellectual property rights appear to have hit a tipping point. As big business continues to push for more civil and criminal enforcement of trademarks, copyrights, and patents, has the intended purpose of IP laws been co-opted? How has social media and the “Streisand effect” changed the way big companies view intellectual property disputes? And how are rights holders preparing to respond to or cope with the inevitable backlash against the growing grab for intellectual property rights? The panel will explore these and other issues regarding the future of intellectual property laws.

Questions Answered

  1. Is intellectual property law reaching a tipping point?
  2. What comes after SOPA and PIPA?
  3. What will the future of patent, trademark, and copyright law look like?
  4. Is the original intent of IP law served in today’s system?
  5. How are rights holders preparing to cope with the inevitable backlash against the IP system?


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Google announced an update to its search algorithm last week that is sure to please copyright holders: the search rankings will now factor in a site’s copyright removal notices. A site that has received a high volume of copyright complaints will be ranked lower, meaning legitimate sites will rank higher.

According to Google, it is “now receiving and processing more copyright removal notices every day than we did in all of 2009—more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone. We will now be using this data as a signal in our search rankings.

Google’s data on copyright takedown requests it receives is enormous. See the graphic below, captured from

This is big news, of course, because Google handles a significant percentage of internet search queries and traffic.

Google blog post (08/10/2012): An update to our search algorithms

NY Times blog post: Under Copyright Pressure, Google to Alter Search Results