Are we allowed to have watermarked pictures in our hubs?

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  1. btrbell profile image91
    btrbellposted 5 years ago

    Are we allowed to have watermarked pictures in our hubs?

    I'm confused. When I look at what makes a hub featured, it clearly states, legally obtained, no watermarks. In addition, when I made my own eternal on some of my personal photos, I was told I couldn't use them. Do why do I see hubs with watermarks?

  2. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 5 years ago

    I could be wrong, but I hope not.  I believe it is OK to use a small watermark on our personal photos. 
    Oh, dear....I'll be waiting for clarification on this question!

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Mary! Hopefully, we'll get one here!

  3. sparkleyfinger profile image91
    sparkleyfingerposted 5 years ago

    I am also confused by this.... Usually from what I can see it is hubs that are of lower quality, so perhaps the writer isn't aware of the requirement? I'd still rather be safe than sorry :-)

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You may be right. I was also thinking of the verbiage. Does it only matter if it's too become featured it editor's choice?

  4. Au fait profile image92
    Au faitposted 5 years ago

    You see hubs with watermarks because no one has reported them and the moderators have not noticed them on their own. 

    For guidance on using other people's photos:

    For guidance creating and correctly attributing your own photos:

    The recommendations for attributing your own photos, adding a copyright, etc. are at the bottom of the most previous document.  The problem you likely had with your own photos was that you put a mark of some sort on the photo itself instead of under or above it.

    Hope this info will be helpful to anyone with questions on this issue. smile

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Au fait. It is because of these cuisines that I am asking this question. My own watermark was no big deal. I just thought since it was my personal photo I could protect it from others, but, I HAVE reported watermarked photos with no result

    2. Au fait profile image92
      Au faitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      On the rare occasion I have reported watermarked photos they have been removed fairly soon.  It's been a while and some things seem to slide more now than they used to.  You can protect your photos, but not with a watermark on the photo.

  5. Faith Reaper profile image85
    Faith Reaperposted 5 years ago

    That's right, Randi, no watermarks. But you should be able to use your own personal photos, with your own eternal on them. Good question.  I am thinking that a fellow friend hubber, who is a photographer, had a bit of trouble using her own photos with her signature, but maybe no longer. I hope you find out about using your own photos, as that is what they always tell us is best to use.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Faith. I am okay about my own photos. I don't need the watermark but I am a little confused about the hubs that have watermarked pictures and are not asked to remove them.


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