Extended Copyright and Image Talk

January 8, 2021:

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF THIS DATE MANY OF MY PHOTOS ARE BEING TAKEN AND USED ON ANOTHER SITE WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. THEY “THANK” ME AS THOUGH I GAVE PERMISSION, BUT I DID NOT GIVE PERMISSION! I AM TRYING TO WORK THIS OUT WITH WORDPRESS.

ALSO NOTE, EARLIER: A few days ago, although I had disabled the “Reblog” button in admin, and it does not appear on my posts, one of my posts which included my photos and my original text, was reblogged; it was also added to without my permission, which is modifying, which is prohibited by US copyright law. In the US original work is copyrighted at the time of creation; and in the case of my blog, parts of the text are from my published book. I won’t tell you which places those are but they extend over many posts. That book also has a registered copyright from the US Copyright Office, so my text has additional copyright protection.

PLEASE NOTE: FOR RIGHT NOW PLEASE DO NOT REBLOG WITHOUT ASKING ME AND INFORMING ME AS TO WHAT SORT OF SITE YOU PLAN TO POST IT ON. AND BY THE WAY HERE IS THE LINK TO A DESCRIPTION OF US COPYRIGHT LAW WHICH INDICATES THAT EACH ORIGINATOR’S CONTENT BELONGS TO THE ORIGINATOR. THE FACT YOU CAN REBLOG FROM WORDPRESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. ALSO YOU CAN’T MODIFY SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK:

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/intellectual-property-rights-wordpress-blog-57660.html

THIS IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT COPYRIGHT AS IT IS ABOUT RESPECT FOR AN ARTIST/WRITER’S RIGHT TO DETERMINE HOW THEIR OWN WORK WILL BE USED. REPOSTING AND MODIFYING ANYONE’S POST INCLUDING PHOTOS AND ORIGINAL TEXT WITHOUT PERMISSION; TAKING PHOTOS OUT OF POSTS BY OTHERS AND USING THEM AS PART OF ANOTHER POST WITHOUT PERMISSION; OR TAKING PHOTOS OUT OF POSTS BY OTHERS AND USING THEM IN ANY WAY ON ANOTHER SITE WITHOUT PERMISSION; THESE ARE NOT RIGHT AND DO NOT FOSTER GOOD WILL AMONG BLOGGERS.

PHOTO MATTERS. Most photos and/or art on my site/blog, Catwoods Porch Party, are taken by me. I use a few taken by my husband. A few taken by friends have been removed to protect them from being taken and used in the recent situation described above. I rarely grant anyone permission to use my pictures/photos and my husband has rarely granted permission to use his pictures/photos either. There are a few exceptions where I allowed other sites to use pictures, but only about 5 or 6 sites. Generally they will be university publications, art sites, and cat-themed sites. For now I am not naming them, also to protect them from this current situation. So if you see my photos or my husband’s photos on any websites around the web other than Catwoods Porch Party, it is most likely they have not been used with permission. With 2 exceptions that I can recall at this time, now deleted for their protection as described above, I use my own photos and images only, and a few by my husband. I write all my own text. I do not reblog anyone’s post and I would certainly never do so without asking them first. I had the reblog button disabled on my blog but somehow I have been reblogged anyway.

Old information: (as noted above I am requesting a freeze even on linking and other fair use until I can get some things sorted out): All text, photos, and art are originated by Catwoods Porch Party and are copyrighted by Leah Alford as “catwoods”, and by Leah Alford. Links to the blog posts, on other websites, blogs, Facebook, other Internet venues, are permissible when Catwoods Porch Party is clearly designated as the author, with clear and appropriate direction to the original content. So it’s OK to link to the blog posts or the blog because the credit for the content goes with it. Printing links to the blog posts in books is also permissible under the conditions stated above. If I know you (includes Internet friends) and what your site is about, I don’t need to know in advance. I’d like to be asked if I don’t know you and your site or book project. Please contact me via moderated comment section to let me know before linking, if possible. I won’t publish your comment for that purpose unless you indicate you want me to. I know most people don’t ask for permission before re-blogging but some advance notice would be nice if I’m not a follower of your site. I’d like to get to know your site before appearing there!

Copyrighted photos are considered part of the post and so a link as described to the entire post inherently includes them. For actual excerpts and quotations, I’d like to be contacted if at all possible for review first. Please do not quote, reproduce, or copy separate photos or excerpts of text without contacting me first via a comment on this blog, to ask for written permission. Comments are moderated and I will get back to you as fast as possible depending on health and other factors. Photos are part of the photo-essays and are not to be taken and used without permission by content scrapers or anyone else! (Some of mine have and I’m steamed about that!)

The reason this page is so long, and exists at all, is that there seems to be confusion regarding copyright in general and even my write-up above. One person who was going to post a link to one of my posts on a Facebook page decided not to after reading my copyright section. While I appreciate anyone who tries to respect copyright, this was a misunderstanding. Links are almost always OK because they carry the credit to the author and include the entirety of the post. What drives me crazy are the content scrapers who have taken photos out of my posts and used them for other illustrative purposes and/or offered them to others to use as they wish! I DO NOT state a Creative Commons License because I don’t know enough about it and whether it allows that kind of use. But linking to my posts with credit, referring to the posts with credit, those modes of reference are OK. Taking pictures and text out of my posts, or anyone’s posts, without the knowledge of the originator, and offering them for use by anyone and everyone on the ‘net is NOT OK. It’s happened with my pictures repeatedly.

Catwoods Porch Party will at times link to its own posts within this blog.

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Catwoods Porch Party does not endorse the content of other sources referenced – written or spoken works, websites, videos, or audio recordings.