Monday, July 23
Over the weekend I had a few minutes to kill and decided to check my email and read one from a blogging colleague about a blog post that author Roni Loren had recently posted, so I went to her blog and read it. And it was a serious wake up call.
In the post Roni talked about how after posting her "Boyfriend of the Week", which was much like "Monday's Muse", she received an email from a photographer saying that she had infringed on his copyright by posting a picture that was his that she didn't pay for, and ask that she remove it from her site. Which she did, immediately. But he pursued it even further by suing her (or at least threatening too, I'm not how far it went legally) to be reimbursed for the use of the image. A fee which she said she couldn't afford. Long story short, she had to pay him the fee even though she removed it from her site. (you can read the full post and the comment here).
Because of what happened to Roni, I've decided to change the way Monday's Muse will work, and I have already started removing all of the Monday Muse's from the blog posts for two reasons: First I honestly had never thought about reusing photos found on other blogs as copyright infringement, and I should have considering the whole sensitivity there is in the book blogging community about e-book piracy. It's the same thing, I just never thought about it in those terms. Shame on me! The other reason....blogging is a hobby for me. It's not a money making venture, it was never intended to be, though I could sorely use the extra money. That being said, I also can't afford to be sued, nor can I afford to pay a high fee for usage of an image like that. So I can't continue Monday's Muse as I had in the past.
Some bloggers use Creative Commons images because you can use certain images for free as long as you credit the source and you don't violate their rights restrictions, which I would have no problem with. But after reading some of the over 200 comments on Roni's post I came across one from a commenter saying that he/she had used an image that was obtained with a creative commons license, but then the artist sold the image to a stock image provider, who then contacted the blogger stating he/she violated copyright laws....even though the image was sold after he/she used it. I don't want to have to worry about that possibility. Which is why I don't think Creative Commons images are the way I want to go.
So as of this Monday's Muse, I will no longer be including the picture of my Muse at Seductive Musings, but I can't really decide what to do going forward. My first option is to link to the image where I originally found it, but that would mean you would be going to another site and I don't know if you all would be comfortable with that. My second option would be to not have Monday's Muse at all anymore, but change it to Monday's Musings where I do what I have been doing all along...just without a Muse (sad face, I know). The third option would be to pay for the images which is something that I just can't afford right now, so I guess that means I really only have two options.
I'm truly sorry that I won't have a Monday's Muse on the blog anymore. It was always one of my most favorite features, and one of the most popular, not that that played a factor in my doing it. Should I keep it, but just have a link?
This week at Seductive Musings:
- Tuesday: I'll have some long overdue winners to announce. Sorry I'm so late in doing this.
- Wednesday: Author Delilah Devlin will be my guest to share with us her new menage erotic romance book, Fournicopia
- Thursday: I will have some reviews for you.
- Friday: Is up in the air right now. I have several design projects that I am currently working on so the blog may have to take a backseat breather while I try to finish those up, then again if I have time I may have something for you...who knows :)
Also of Interest:
- Beth Kery is having a very huge BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE contest, in honor of her upcoming erotic romance serial novel. You can check it out here.
Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors with new releases this week!
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