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Public domain photos not showing up as an option to upload

  1. imgreencat profile image60
    imgreencatposted 6 years ago

    I spent quite a while collecting some public domain photos that I thought I could use for my subjects of interest.  I burned them to a disc, and I'm able to view them in my documents as well as off the disc.  When I tried to upload them to my Hub most were not there from the Hubpages options to upload screen.  Does anyone have a clue about this.  The seem to be the correct format.  I even tired to paste them, but to no avail.  Thanks.......

  2. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    Are you using the photo capsule?smile

    edit: And did you tell it to go to drive D: or F: or whatever?

  3. imgreencat profile image60
    imgreencatposted 6 years ago

    Yes, used the photo capsule.  It shows the drive and only about a dozen of the photos on it, but many are not there.  They are all show up on my pictures and just viewing the disc.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What are the extensions of the non-show pics?

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        Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I don't think the extension would be anything special, it is a type of encoding inside the image.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image89
          paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I think the watermark thing is a red herring...

          Let's find out what extensions are involved...

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    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    Digitally watermarked (protected) photos may not show up. Such watermarks may not be visible to the naked eye. If they are in the public domain, why would they be watermarked? Well, that supposedly would depend on the source - anyone could have added the watermarks while editing the photos. Not saying that is what has happened here, merely for your general information.

  5. Bill Manning profile image72
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    There is no such thing as public domain photos. Every picture, word and page on the net belongs to someone.

    Do you mean you went to a site that specifically said they had royalty free pictures for anyone to use? It does not sound like it.

    Also, sounds like many of those are .bitmap and/or .png and/or .gif pictures. I think you have to use .jpg images. smile

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      Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh yes, there is! Photos whose copyright has expired are in the public domain. Also, still images of paintings etc. whose copyright has expired are in the public domain. Put differently, a mere mechanical reproduction (via photo) of a public domain image does not generate a new copyright, so the photo is in the public domain also.

      1. Bill Manning profile image72
        Bill Manningposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, not true. As soon as you take a picture you are the copyright owner. That copyright never, ever runs out. You also don't have to "get" a copyright; you are the copyright owner as soon as you take the picture.

        I have thousands of pictures on the web and I never copyright them. I don't have to, as the producer of the picture I am the copyright holder. I can use a DMAC notice on any site with my picture.

        Here's another take. Say I make a hub. It's MY hub and I own the rights to it, it never runs out. Think you can copy a hub after the copyright runs out? No, same is true with anything on the web. smile

        1. psycheskinner profile image81
          psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Um, no.  Copyright on photographs and all other works expires.  Also photos may be work for hire by a civil servant, thus not copyright at all.

          1. Bill Manning profile image72
            Bill Manningposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I'd love to see a link to that rule, never heard of it. So what about hubs, do they expire so anyone can use them?

            1. psycheskinner profile image81
              psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              http://www.copyright.gov/

              "Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation and, except as provided by the following subsections, endures for a term consisting of the life of the author and 70 years after the author's death."

              And.... yes.  But you'll be dead then and so probably not too bothered.

              A creator can also, of course, surrender copyright and choose to allow their work to be used freely.

              By one method or another there are a lot of non-copyright pictures.

          2. lrohner profile image85
            lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Isn't it something like the life of the author/owner PLUS another 70 to 95 years? And that's only for works published after 1978. For works published before that, I think it's like for the life of the author plus another 95 to 120 years--something like that.

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          Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          There are specific legal provisions with which you are seemingly not familiar. One of us is not a lawyer, no disrespect intended.

          Wikimedia Commons has many photos that expressly state that they are in the public domain, and that for reasons previously stated.

      2. imgreencat profile image60
        imgreencatposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I believe they were jpg.  They are public domain pictures.  It advertises that you can use them as you wish, even commercially.  I guess the only answer is, to take your own pictures...........

        1. Bill Manning profile image72
          Bill Manningposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ok, if they said you can use them then that is fine. Not sure why they don't show,,, sorry. hmm

  6. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    I agree.  The most likely explanation is that the window is showing only a certain picture type like jpg, and not displaying others like gif or bmp.  When you open the window check whether it is shwoign all file types.

    1. imgreencat profile image60
      imgreencatposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks gang.......

  7. Bill Manning profile image72
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    Hmmm, I looked it up in a few sites and both Website Examiner and psycheskinner are right, my apologizes.

    Having said that, it also made it clear that anything I take is copyrighted until I die, so I'm not going to worry about my own work. hmm

    What gets me is how many just use Google search and assume any and all images they see are ok to use, when in fact most of them are not.

    So, image copyrights DO expire, but nobody has to worry about that for their own images, unless you voluntarily give it up,,,, so to speak! smile

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      Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      To add to the confusion, certain rights - "moral rights" ("droit morale") - never expire, including the right to be recognized as the author of a work, and for the artists' name not to be used in a defamatory way. It is a complicated area indeed.

  8. Dolores Monet profile image92
    Dolores Monetposted 6 years ago

    Lots of people put up photos to share as public domain. I have some up on a site myself. I have used so many photos that other folks share, I thought to share some myself.

  9. imgreencat profile image60
    imgreencatposted 6 years ago

    Hey fellow hubbers,
    Figured it out.  Some of those pix were bitmap.  I took a picture of those I wanted on my new hub and changed the format.  It worked.  Now I have a new problem.  How do I get these photos off my pictures in the capsule?  Tried to delete them and I can't figure out how.  Surely,there must be a way to start fresh for each new hub.

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    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    You can delete photos permanently from your collection by clicking on My Photos in the control panel. Here, you will also be able to upload photos in batches, create albums etc. You can delete individual photos from a capsule by clicking on the appropriate icon. You can also delete photo capsules, then create new ones instead.

 
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