Adding Pictures and Images to myLot Posts

Philippines
August 8, 2015 9:54pm CST
One of the many things I like about myLot2015 is the picture or image that appears next to the post (not above or below). What's more, you can click on the image to enlarge to fully appreciate it. An awesome picture I just saw is Olango Beach in Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon by @aries1973. Second, you can also add an image even to your responses and comments, something that @allknowing has been doing. In the age of internet and cameraphones, pictures and images really help in engaging other members. If you can show me what you saw, we can say: "Hey, I had a dog that does that, too. Thanks for the tip!" Or, "That's just what I need. How did you make that?" Or, "We've been considering that place. What time did you go and what else can you do there?" But it doesn't mean we're required to attach a picture or image every time we post, and it doesn't mean we should compromise our and our loved ones' privacy and security in the picture or image we share. However, like other myLotters who went to Bubblews, I became aware of either using my own pictures and watermarking them, or public domain pictures and giving proper credit to them, and never, ever using just any image I can get from the internet. In myLot's Community Guidelines, it says: "Posting 'adult' content, stories or images - If you wouldn't feel comfortable discussing a topic or viewing an image at work or with your family members around, then it's probably not acceptable on myLot either. Similarly, if it's not acceptable during a PG-rated movie, then it's not acceptable here. Let's keep myLot family-friendly!" In myLot's Terms of Use Agreement, it says: "Copyright Policy. You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights." So what I'd like to know, @GoAskAlice, is does myLot have a proper procedure when citing the pictures and images we use in our discussions, responses and comments? Will myLot be reviewing uncredited pictures and images for copyright infringement when a member becomes eligible for payout? Thanks in advance.
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15 responses
@owlwings (37873)
• Cambridge, England
9 Aug 15
There is no recommended procedure or formula for crediting an image and nor is one instructed to do so (though it's always wise to do it, even if it's your own). When you insert an image, you have the option of applying tags and putting a description (it used to be that you HAD to enter a description before you could post the image, but I am not sure whether that applies any longer). The description field, anyway, would seem to be the logical place to put any attribution. MyLot reserves the right, of course, to check that any image doesn't violate any copyright and the most likely time this will be done is when or just before payment is due on a particular account. A sensible and effective Admin (such as @goaskalice ) will NOT reveal his/her exact methods or procedures because scammers and cheats would undoubtedly take advantage of the knowledge. There are just some questions it's not appropriate to ask because you are very likely to get a vague (and therefore unsatisfactory) answer!
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
9 Aug 15
Uploading images that are copyrighted would be the same as posting copyrighted text. To be on the safe side it would be best to upload images that are free for upload provided credit is given. Wikipedia commons have such images which can be uploaded.after due credit is given. I agree with you that even our very own images should be stated as our own.
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• Philippines
9 Aug 15
@owlwings i only wanted to know how/where to put the image credit, if mylot wants us to help them confirm ownership faster by identifying the image we upload, and if payment will be withheld if an image/s used was found to be copyrighted.
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@owlwings (37873)
• Cambridge, England
10 Aug 15
@hereandthere I imagine that exactly the same penalties would apply to the illicit use of copyright images as would apply to unauthorised use of copyright text. At the very least, the image/post would be removed and, MyLot would have every right to remove the account, along with the balance accumulated. As I said, I'd be inclined to put the image credit in the image description.
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@SIMPLYD (73822)
• Philippines
10 Aug 15
Hmm i don't know that we can enlarge the picture we attached here by doing that . Thank you for helping a non-techie woman.
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@SIMPLYD (73822)
• Philippines
12 Aug 15
@hereandthere Yes i tried it too already . What a high tech addition here!
@jaboUK (48783)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 15
I've been surprised at how few people actually put a picture on a post. I think it makes it look attractive.
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• Philippines
12 Sep 15
@jabouk because pictures with each discussion wasn't required in the old mylot platform. if you put one, it showed up at the bottom of the post, if i remember correctly. maybe because aside from mylot being more forum-like, it's also because internet sites were different back then. few cellphones had cameras and didn't have internet yet. then when mylotters migrated to the big b, they realized it's a different site. aside from writing longer, you needed pictures to "compete" for views, likes and comments. so in a way, it's great because now that mylot's platform is different, they're applying here the "skills" they learned from their time at the big b.
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@jaboUK (48783)
• United Kingdom
12 Sep 15
@hereandthere Yes I've got used to putting a picture on, and if I can't find one relevant to the post I just put one of my garden.
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@glenniah (1251)
• Mandurah, Australia
12 Sep 15
@jaboUK Good idea jabo. I should try that also
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@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
9 Aug 15
I am wondering the same question So to be safe, I hold my pictures in my tablet untill there is a clear rule about copyright. I don't want other using my personal pictures
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• Philippines
9 Aug 15
@ifa225 i mark my own pictures with my name.
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@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
9 Aug 15
@hereandthere that is a good idea But can a person delete the name and replace it with another name?
• Philippines
10 Aug 15
@ifa225 i really don't know since i'm not techie enough. i just put my mark within the picture, in the middle, hoping it would be harder to erase. but then, my pictures are not impressive or professional-looking anyway so maybe people will ignore them!
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@LadyDuck (112713)
• Switzerland
1 Sep 15
There are sites that supply free images and do not require a specific mention. Just to be sure, I believe that, when sharing free images, we should mention the site and add a link to the image.
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• Philippines
1 Sep 15
true. it was only when i started joining some online sites that i learned that we should also be careful when using images we sourced online. so even if our posts/text/content are ours/original, we might make the mistake of attaching images that might be copyrighted and not for commercial use.
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@LadyDuck (112713)
• Switzerland
1 Sep 15
@hereandthere There are many sites that offer free high quality images, one of them is Pixabay.
@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Sep 15
I like that it's to the side of your post and can be viewed in its entirety...
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• Philippines
12 Sep 15
@sueznewz2 i've also seen posts with the picture upright (portrait orientation) and i also read the captions underneath
@kaka135 (13442)
• Malaysia
2 Sep 15
I try to only attach pictures when necessary, and especially it's photo taken by me. I wonder how we cite the images too, as I think there's no proper instruction in doing that. I suppose I will put the credit in my post when attaching the image. I like the new position of image in mylot 2015, as it's not disturbing while reading the main contents.
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@valmnz (12574)
• New Zealand
15 Sep 15
I prefer to use my own when I can, but think it's always a good idea to credit when you use free images from MorgueFile, Pixanay, etc. I Los appreciate not having to use an image here every time.
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@suni51 (1827)
9 Aug 15
As Much as I know no paying site will take copyrighted stuff. There are certain sites which allow free images for the purpose along with their commercial stuff. It used to be the same here previously and should still be the same.
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@ARIES1973 (9439)
• Legaspi, Philippines
9 Aug 15
Attaching pictures is a great way to enhance make our posts interesting. I usually add my own pictures to my posts even with my blog. On using pictures online, it would also help if we would be able to hear from the Admin herself or anybody who could give enlightenment to this. Thank you for mentioning my picture. Have blessed Sunday!
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@topffer (29356)
• France
9 Aug 15
The only uncredited things I have posted here were little drawings like smileys/cartoon characters. It is difficult to add a credit in a funny comment without ruining the fun. I generally give credit to photos and post them only if I am sure that I am allowed to do it when they are not mines. I have had several of my own copyrighted photos deleted at Bubblews without a warning (celebrities, special effects) : as they never deleted uninteresting screen copies, I suspect that they thought that they were not my own photos.
@allknowing (54652)
• India
9 Aug 15
Even those all artists do not like them being posted unless credit is given to them. Anyway I am sure some guideline will be there for us to follow.
@topffer (29356)
• France
9 Aug 15
@allknowing Yes, but you would do nothing if you had to credit any smiley((c)2015 myLot for the smiley).
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
9 Aug 15
@topffer We have explicit permission here to use those smilies
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
9 Aug 15
Thanks for mentioning me. There are images on the Net that are free for use provided one gives credit. In Persona Paper we are allowed to upload images provided we give proper credit. I think we could do it here as well but remember to give proper credit. If they are our own even then we are required to say so.
• Philippines
9 Aug 15
how do you mark your own pictures?
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@allknowing (54652)
• India
9 Aug 15
@hereandthere So far I have uploaded my own pictures, May be I should say they are mine. I am sure there will be some indication from Admin about this.
@suni51 (1827)
9 Aug 15
@hereandthere one can declare the ownership of pics at the end of his discussion or post
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@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Sep 15
I only use my own photos or photos from Pixabay that are free and require no attribution BUT I provide the URL to the photo so that it can clearly be verified that it is free and in the public domain for use without attribution. There's no need to get photos from around the web that might be copyrighted. It's not worth it. There's the risk of losing your earnings or account or causing trouble for myLot.
• United States
13 Aug 15
Yeah, I forgot about that part....are we supposed to be doing "Image Credits" after we add a pic? I haven't been doing that, only because I totally forgot....but would have no problem doing so if it becomes a rule. My images in discussions are all goof-ball pics anyway, except when the discussion is about me. Then it's important. haha
• Philippines
10 Sep 15
@druscilla34 i haven't used any yet because mylot doesn't require a pic with every discussion. but my thinking is it's better to put one to make it easier for the site owner to know if it's yours or trace the source, like adding a link to the actual picture, but make sure the site you took it from allows it.
@bunnybon7 (31501)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Aug 15
well thats a very good question and a very good deep analogy. i have just stayed on the safe side and used my own . haven't posted much on photos anyway. i will use free if ever needed
• Philippines
12 Aug 15
@bunnybon7 thanks. text and image are the norm now. people share all kinds of pictures and add captions to them. people screenshot things they read online then add their opinion. when you go to news sites, 90% of articles have pictures or videos and people are quick to point out inconsistencies.