Originality is the Art of Concealing Your Source…Or is it?

Published October 28, 2014 by rochellewisoff
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ORIGINAL ARTWORK Copyright- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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ORIGINAL ARTWORK Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Not too long ago I read an article by a blogger who had used copyrighted photos without permission. What seemed perfectly innocent to her resulted in ugly legal repercussions. 

It’s so easy with social media to pick out images as if they were free samples in a candy store, isn’t it? 

From the other side of that fence, I’ve used some of my original sketches or snapshots to illustrate particular stories.  Imagine my surprise when, more than once, these showed up on another blogger’s page.  

My friend and fellow author Marie Gail Stratford recently shared important information for all of us who blog and or use social media. Click her name to read and be educated. 



21 comments on “Originality is the Art of Concealing Your Source…Or is it?

  • Thanks for sharing this on your blog, Rochelle. I don’t think anyone can fully understand copyright law in its entirety, but there are a lot of common sense guidelines that everyone should follow. I’m going to pursue this further in later articles. It’s also important to know what to do when something that belongs to you is stolen, and I barely had a chance to touch on that in this piece before it got almost too long.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  • Thanks Rochelle! Every time I start getting comfortable or complacent something like this helps. I do use your photo with your 100 word prompts and links and your name, this is the right way to do it, correct?
    I should just use my own photos, sometimes I use photos from Google that don’t have a copyright or name … possibly this might be a gray area but I thought that legit.
    This is a big deal and I must get stricter on myself. Some sights use photos and share a lot, maybe they really are the owners of those photos and I don’t know it.


    • Dear Gardenlilie,

      The prompt photos for Friday Fictioneers are posted with express permission to use within the parameters of the challenge. So you are doing it the right way.

      I use photos from Google, too but only if they’re public domain or commons.

      Thanks for reading and commenting .

      Best wishes and shalom,


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  • I’d be furious if I’d displayed some original art and found it elsewhere without acknowledgement, but seemingly passed off as the work of another. I suppose whenever the same post is reblogged several times, there’s more of a danger of such things happening, probably by default rather than intention.

    I know that WordPress suggests that you display a clear copyright notice in your sidebar, which I guess is a good way of clarifying to those whose understanding of the law is fuzzy.


  • It’s a minefield, isn’t it? If I want a quick illustration for my blog – or even for a charity poster – I use the ‘free images’ option on Google. Not the best artwork in the world but at least I’m not about to get sued!


  • Hi Rochelle, Firstly, your artwork is gorgeous.
    I’ve had my photos turn up on other peoples’ blogs and I’ve seen them in Google images and had someone ask me if they could reblog and found one of my photos with their story. I suppose it’s a big compliment, but I do have a copyright notice. I’ve started putting a copyright symbol at the end of my posts, (when I remember). I also use your photo prompt each week for the friday fictioneers story, which is so much fun! Thanks LHN


    • Dear LHN,

      The photo prompt is given with permission. However, any other use of it needs to be done with permission from the photographer.

      I’ll be more diligent in the future about copyright and ownership.

      Thanks for commenting.



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