Monday, July 23, 2012

You CAN be sued...

A very informative post about using photos/pictures in blogs, on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media sites and the consequences of copyright infringement was posted to one of the  loops I belong to.  

I received permission from the blogger, National Bestselling Author Roni Loren, to post an excerpt here along with a link back to her original post.  

Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story

So today I'm forgoing the usual Fill-Me-In Friday post to talk about something that I've been wanting to blog about for a while but couldn't until the situation was wrapped up.

For those of you who are super observant, you may have noticed some changes on my blog over the last few months. Tumblr posts went away. Fiction Groupie disappeared. I deleted most of my Pinterest boards. The Boyfriend of the Week has changed format. And all my previous posts from the past three years--all 700 of them--now have new photos on them.

Why is that? What happened?
Well, you've probably figured it out from the title, but it's because I've been involved in a case regarding a photo I used on my blog. Like most of you, I'm a casual blogger...

Please click on the title of Roni's post (underlined above) to read the rest of her experience.  I'm also including another link here in case the first one doesn't work.  Link:

If you post pictures or photos on any of your social media sites using photos/pictures you've found on the internet, please read her entire post and the comments.  There is a lot of really good information included in the comments section.


  1. I saw Roni's post somewhere else. Talk about scary. It was nice of her to share her experience with other bloggers, even though it was not very nice what happened to her.

  2. Hi Melissa,
    It is scary. I know a lot of people who are on Pinterest and have sent them the link to Roni's blog. I'm kind of glad I couldn't find the time to join. I'm also much more careful about what I put on my blog and facebook pages.