I have been thinking on posting something about this topic but kept on changing my mind because I didn’t have enough examples.
What kind of examples?
The ones that can show how much people can be both very considerate and inconsiderate when it comes to using the works of others on the internet.
I have had the example of how the good people are practicing courtesy for more than a year but no examples of how the ‘not so good’ people are doing it before May 2, 2010.
On that day, I saw something on the stats of my current Flickr account that made me smile.
“I finally got it!!!”
The picture below is what I found that day. It is one of the daily stats of my current Flickr account – showing a report of a visit to one of my old pictures. As you can see (or click HERE for a bigger view), there is a record of where that person found the link of that picture of mine.
I immediately checked that website and found out that the owner of the site had been using one of my pictures for almost 2 years and linking it to the original one on my current Flickr account. What I don’t like about it, is the fact that he / she DID NOT ask my permission first!!!
You see, I believe in this: Courtesy goes a long way!
More than 2 years ago, a nice gentleman who owns this site, sent me a Flickr mail. He asked my permission to use 2 of the pictures I shared on my old Flickr account. Of course I said yes! Notice I wrote ‘my old’ Flickr account? Yes, I already deleted that account many months ago.
Even though I already deleted that old account, I still let him use my pictures.
I didn’t ask him anything! He doesn’t link to the original pictures either (which I’m glad because that old Flickr account does not exist anymore!). All he did was writing down my nickname (Ucie) under both of my pictures there. Fine with me! I try to ask permission and give credit where it’s due as well.
It’s a challenge but surely it’s not impossible to do!