The tone of this Dan Lyons piece on HupSpot, though, has me concerned – it almost becomes a defense of the violator.
Here’s the law: If I create something, I own it. You, no matter who you are, cannot use it unless I say so. A credit line doesn’t count, a link doesn’t count.
You need my explicit permission. Period, full stop.
Imagine I walk into my local camera shop, pick up an item from a shelf, then walk out the door with it. But I tell everyone where I got it. And, you know, they can get another one exactly like it.
What is that?
Same thing with copyright – the store owner put their time and effort into acquiring that item just like I put my time and effort into creating my images.
You use it without my permission? That’s theft.
To whoever Bohemea is: You’re a common thief.
(Thanks to Mickey Osterreicher for the link.)