My understanding of the HP TOS when it comes to images, is that watermarks and memes are a no go. Why then, do I constantly see both. It even happens on Editor's Choice Hubs and Hubs of the Day.
When are the HP rules and TOS going to be applied evenly and fairly across the board?
Could you please link to some examples? I'm curious to see.
See today's Hub of the Day for starters, or this one... http://hubpages.com/community/forum/134 … y-new-year
http://hubpages.com/literature/Gods-Pri … Princesses
I can't see any watermarks in today's Hub of the Day.
The main photo has text emblazoned on it. Doesn't that count? If not I apologize.
Book covers for reviews are another matter.
No that doesn't count. You are allowed to place text on photos yourself with many programs available out there, especially to make them Pinterest friendly. Only watermarks linking photos to a certain website or company, (usually a sample pic that you are meant to pay for the unwatermarked copy).
Actually, that photo of the boy with the watering can does have the dreamstime watermark. The photo is not legal to use unless they bought it, in that case they should have a clean copy.
It's like littering in the real world - it's illegal, but the police don't have enough resources to police it properly, they're too busy with more important things.
HubPages were far more fussy about this at one time, it seems to have gone right down the list of their priorities. You're right, I see lots of Hubs getting through with illegal photos. Just keep reporting them.
I will add here that even though people do use illegal photos, they take the chance of being sued personally, and this does happen. Illegal use of photos is theft, and the fines can be hefty. It's just not worth the risk, even though it is small.
I am not aware of any rule against memes. I have at least one featured hub actually on the subject of memes
I think we still have writers at Hubpages that still don't understand that photos can't be copied.
Stupid question, if you are reading a hub, How can you tell if the photo is illegal?
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