MyLot Terms of Use Agreement

United States
March 15, 2017 8:34am CST
Have you read the Terms of Use Agreement for myLot? It might be a good idea to at least glance at it and see if you are breaking any rules. Here is an example of a section that I think is being ignored. I have 'copied' this from the myLot site. 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. I think most people understand that means you can't copy an article from a newspaper or other source. But it also includes photos. If you 'borrow' a photo from a news story or other sources without the authorization of the person that photo belong to, then you are going against myLot's copyright policy. In order to not get into a situation like that you can put a link to the article so that if someone wants to they can see the photo - but legally you cannot use the photo without permission. The best way to avoid a situation like this is to use your own photos or Pixabay. Maybe @GoAskAlice can add to this, clarify it or let me know if I am wrong. Photo is from Pixabay
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@GoAskAlice (4266)
• United States
15 Mar 17
It's not straight forward thing usually. There is also something called "fair use", that makes exceptions in the laws regarding copyrights.
Toggle navigation   More Information on Fair Use Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutor
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• United States
15 Mar 17
That would require someone with a little legal experience to translate LOL! One more thing - someone wrote that myLot states that we have to state our sources for photos. I have done that since my early days writing online so not a big deal I always do...but I have searched the site and don't see where that is noted, if it is. If so, where is that?
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Even public domain photos can be tricky. Sometimes, people sneak copyrighted ones in there just to be mean. Make sure any photo you use is really public domain. If there is a name attached, be sure to give attribution.
@JolietJake (49870)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill No, we do not have to state the source of photos here.
@JudyEv (118563)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Mar 17
For ages I've used nothing but my own photos (or Vince's) but lately I've used Wikimedia and attributed them as asked on the site.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
As long as they are public domain they are fine.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
15 Mar 17
I have used Pixabay Public Domain Images quite a bit. Now trying to use other sources such as photos I took and other public domains just to mix it up a bit.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
@akalinus Some topics on Pixabay have hundreds of photos - sometimes I get tired scrolling thru them all.
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@thelme55 (13966)
• Germany
15 Mar 17
I use my own photos. Either it is with @thellyscucina or @thelme55 written on a photo.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
You are safe doing it that way!
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@thelme55 (13966)
• Germany
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill yes, I am.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
15 Mar 17
There is watermark software that you can buy. I don't know much about it but want to look into it. I don't have a scanner so I take photos with my phone and crop them or sometimes an old digital camera. I should haul that thing out of hiding and use it, too.
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@fishtiger58 (30380)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Mar 17
There are also thousands of public domain photos out there that can be used for any reason by anyone.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
Yes there are but I don't think people 'think' they are stealing if they use ones that aren't public domain.
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@fishtiger58 (30380)
• Momence, Illinois
16 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Yup I'm sure you are right. Mostly I use my own but there are times I don't have the appropriate pic for my discussion. I usually try Pixabay first but there are times they don't have what I want either.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 17
Of course I have read these, it is the first thing that I do whenever I register with a site. In fact, I often read them before registering because if I do not approve then I will not register.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
Well you are a one of a kind - well, maybe a dozen of a kind...I do the same thing...and I like to go back and check for things if/when I see something that doesn't seem quite right.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, I also have an occasional recheck.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
@Asylum When I read your comment real quick I thought it said redneck LOL
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• United States
15 Mar 17
For the most part, I try to use my own photos or if I don't - I link the photos. I do prefer my own photos though.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
I bet it's hard to find a photo of snow in your area on your camera LOL!
• United States
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Yes it would be ! I could find snow if I looked at my sisters pictures though
@akalinus (14612)
• United States
15 Mar 17
I just posted a picture of free clip art. I did put the URL in the caption. I hope I did not violate anything. Oh, dear, now I am worried.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
Clip art is free to use - no problem there don't worry. I used to use it a lot.
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@akalinus (14612)
• United States
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill It is a drawing of a giraffe mom and baby. The Silhouette section of Pixabay Public Domain Images is good for images, too. I have used them several times.
• United States
15 Mar 17
@akalinus That giraffe is never gonna have that baby LOL
15 Mar 17
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I always use my own photos, that's way I don't state where I got them.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
when you use your own you need to say that. I put at the bottom "Photos are mine" or something like that.
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15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Oh ok. I will keep it in mind on my future posts. Thanks.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
@thehousewife No problem!
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@FourWalls (12903)
• United States
16 Mar 17
WHAT????? Read the rules????? I am amused by the people who violate the terms of service, then when they're called on it say, "Oh, I'm new here, I don't know how this works." Reading the rules before they signed up never entered into their minds?! I would add, as I see this occasionally in the Music area, copying the lyrics of an entire song is also copyright infringement. You're always allowed to quote a line or two as an example or to comment on it, but posting the entire lyrics to "Stairway to Heaven" is a no-no.
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• United States
16 Mar 17
I don't think I've seen anyone copy song lyrics word for word if they did I would report it. No, we don't have to read the rules...we're extremely intelligent LOL!
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
15 Mar 17
I have been using my photos, glad that I am :D
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• United States
15 Mar 17
Do what you are comfortable with.
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@LeaPea2417 (19068)
• Toccoa, Georgia
15 Mar 17
It is good info to know.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
I'm confused after reading admin. link LOL!
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@andriaperry (46282)
• United States
15 Mar 17
This is why I don`t use photos most of the time, or they are always my own.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
I prefer my own but if I have nothing that fits the topic then I use Pixabay.
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
15 Mar 17
If I can't use my own photos I use Pixabay and that is it. I note that mylot don't ask for the source of the photo.
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• United States
15 Mar 17
I don't see anyplace stated we have to source the photos, but it is a good idea to do it and myLot should be requested it. It's a legal issue thing.
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@MALUSE (37875)
• Germany
15 Mar 17
I've seen many a plagiarised post in which the text and also the photo were copied. Not the best idea.
• United States
15 Mar 17
I assume you report them when you see them.
@MALUSE (37875)
• Germany
15 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill I report everything which is against the rules.
• United States
15 Mar 17
@MALUSE Good, more people should, some are afraid.
@RubyHawk (21636)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 Mar 17
I wasn't able to get any pictures on mylot until recently. I don't know what changed but I use my own pictures anyway. Thanks for the information.
• United States
16 Mar 17
What happened that you could not put photos on did you ever find out the reason?
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@RubyHawk (21636)
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill I don't know and I haven't been able to submit another one.after my quilt.
• United States
17 Mar 17
@RubyHawk Maybe your photos are too big?
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@JolietJake (49870)
• United States
16 Mar 17
My favorite part of the Terms is the section where it says myLot can delete any post for any or no reason without notifying the user of it.
• United States
16 Mar 17
That is something I would bet not many users read.
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@JolietJake (49870)
• United States
16 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill I'm constantly having to point it out to people that are crying because something got deleted. No one reads the Terms, and it is actually the most important part of any site.
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• United States
19 Mar 17
@JolietJake I'm suddenly reminded of the episode of South Park that poked fun at the fact that nobody ever reads the iTunes TOS...
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Mar 17
I just refuse to use any photo I didnt take myself, did that on bubbs too, figure I am safest that way
• United States
16 Mar 17
I have no worry using pixabay
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• Centralia, Missouri
18 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill Oh I know, I just decided a while back I'd just use mine and never mess with the others
@imravi (2363)
• India
16 Mar 17
Thank you for the information. I haven't read the whole terms and conditions even once. Well, I don't like to use photos anyway.
• United States
16 Mar 17
Whether you use photos or not everyone needs to read everything in the 'help' section.
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@imravi (2363)
• India
16 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill that's right.
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@Platespinner (16533)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Mar 17
I usually stick with my own photos. That way I don't have to worry about violating copyright rules.
• United States
16 Mar 17
I have no problem using Pixabay when one of my own isn't what I want/need.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
23 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill I've used Pixabay a few times, but I'm more likely just to not use a photo at all if I don't have anything appropriate on hand.
@Nawsheen (22942)
• Mauritius
15 Mar 17
I use my own photos and whenever i take them from another site i do put the reference
• United States
15 Mar 17
You should souce your own also. Just put that photo is yours or similar words.
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@Nawsheen (22942)
• Mauritius
16 Mar 17
@AbbyGreenhill thanks for the info