Could one of the HubPages team confirm the official position re watermarked pictures?
I know the rules say "prominent" watermarks are not allowed, but I can also understand the desire of Hubber photographers to protect their photos.
What's the definition of "prominent"? Is there an acceptable type of watermark that HubPages will allow? Can you suggest how else Hub photographers can protect their images from copying?
I'd love to know the answer to this. I had a small copyright notice on my photos, comparable to that seen on Getty Images, BBC images, and other image credits used by professional journals and newspapers.
After seeing the kerfluffle over watermarks, I took them out, but I hate leaving my photos naked. Sure, a thief could crop off the image credit, but at least that would discourage "it looks free so I'll take it" kids who don't know any better.
Thanks for the "bumps" below.
We understand the desire to protect your images with your own watermark; however, the official stance is that watermarks of any kind are prohibited.
Here's some information on protecting your content via copyright: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl107.html
You can also place a "Copyright © YEAR AUTHOR/BUSINESS NAME" on your Hub(s).
Please know that we take DMCA complaints very seriously and investigate and act to resolve them as swiftly as possible.
Hope this helps.
The question was: what type of watermarking is permitted?
Then I suggest you change your Learning Centre wording which says "prominent" watermarks are prohibited.
It's unreasonable to penalize people if you don't make the rules clear in the first place.
Unfortunately the advice on copyright is useless, as is the advice about placing copyright notices on Hubs. People find images from HubPages via Google Images, and they don't stop to check the location - the only thing that's likely to give them pause is something on the photo itself.
It doesn't affect me as I don't use my own photos, but I'm sorry to hear that's the position for those serious photographers who wanted to use their work here.
I also would like to know the answer to this, as I plan to use my own photographs for some of the hubs I intend to write.
Just a suggestion...you could put a signature at one of the corners of your photo, like the way and artist signs their art. It's pretty easy to do. Write your signature, scan it unto your computer. You use Microsoft Publisher or Open Office Draw for this. Copy the picture to the program and just place the signature where you want it. Group the objects, then convert to metafile, then save as picture. All can be done with the right mouse click. Remember when saving photos to select PNG, JIF or JPEG for HP. I find PNG the easiest to upload to HP. This is an alternative to having Watermarks. It seems HP is flagging any kind of watermarks these days.
But why would HP need such a rule, if a hubber feels like protecting their own copyrights on their own photographs? What could possibly be wrong with it?
I would also worry that posting my signature online would make things that much easier for identity thieves.
Don't the staff read the Report a Problem forum any more?
If this thread is no longer intended as a place to report problems or ask important questions of staff, then it should be renamed.
I'm amazed this issue is not being addressed by HP.
If I want to put my own watermarks on my images, that's my right because I own those images. If HP can't determine my watermarks from someone else's, that's not my problem, it's theirs.
There's some hiding in the hole about this...why is HP silent?
Good for you, Marisa, for bumping. I wouldn't have caught this otherwise.
I agree. I use my own photographs for my hubs and would love to protect them. I see countless hubs that are using photos that are obviously copied from unsuspecting Internet sites. I've seen a few that mentioned where they got them from, but that doesn't give you the right to use them. For example, a recent hub about a soup recipe had a photo attribution. I checked out the link and it was the website of a small restaurant. I doubt very much that the hubber had permission to use that photo. Plus, it wasn't a photo of the recipe that the hubber wrote about. To me that is false advertising.
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