Copyright and wrong.

I’m starting off the new year with a discussion of copyright law.  Pretty dry stuff, I know, but read on because there might be information you don’t know.

I’m a stickler for following copyright laws.  I’ve had some of my rug designs taken and used without permission and it doesn’t feel good.  In this era of the internet, it’s easy to think that because some image is “out there”, it’s up for grabs.  I understand how any why the disregard of copyright happens, but I hope that sharing this topic will be a good reminder.

I’m hooking the third piece in my Mother Earth Speaks series.  It depicts the gigantic eleven million ton iceberg, which is much too close to a small island village of Inaarsuit on the western coast of Greenland.  I think the iceberg has receded a bit, but it’s still a huge threat.

I searched online for photos of this iceberg and found several taken by different photographers and disseminated by several news outlets.  They are all very similar and are taken from about the same vantage point.  The photo I’m using as my inspiration is by Lucia Ali Nielsen via Reuters.  I have searched long and hard to try to contact Ms. Nielsen, but to no avail.  She is on Instagram, which I don’t do.  I’ve decided to not post her actual photo, but to give her credit whenever I share my hooked piece. 

I discovered a very informative article titled, Fair Use in the Age of Social Media.  This does give some leeway when using someone’s image as inspiration for an art project.  I hope you’ll read it as it gives a lot of good information on the subject.

I’m making good progress on my Looming in Greenland piece.  My Mother Earth Speaks series depicts natural and man-made ecological disasters or near-disasters.  Photos of my previous pieces are below with credit given.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the world around us.

Looming in Greenland - 22” x 40”. Adapted from photo by Lucia Ali Nielsen/Reuters.

Looming in Greenland - 22” x 40”. Adapted from photo by Lucia Ali Nielsen/Reuters.

Pele Speaks - 24” x 43”. Adapted with permission from photo by Leigh Hilbert. Depicts Hawaiian volcanic eruption and lava flow 2018.

Pele Speaks - 24” x 43”. Adapted with permission from photo by Leigh Hilbert. Depicts Hawaiian volcanic eruption and lava flow 2018.

Oil and Water - 22” x 30”. Adapted from photo by Kari Goodnough /Bloomberg/Getty Images. Depicts Deepwater Gulf Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico 2010.

Oil and Water - 22” x 30”. Adapted from photo by Kari Goodnough /Bloomberg/Getty Images. Depicts Deepwater Gulf Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico 2010.