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With the onset of social media and image sharing sites, the nature of sharing photos on the Internet has changed greatly since the original launch of the forums in 2002. In order to be copyright compliant and respect other people's intellectual property, we have implemented strict guidelines with regards to sharing other people's photographs of geisha, maiko, kimono, etc. This thread is specifically for sharing photographs taken by other people. If you wish to share your own, personal photos, please view this thread for a guideline.
Before sharing photographs or images that are not your intellectual property, please read the below linked articles and guideline carefully.
- LifeHacker.com - The Best Ways to Be Sure You're Legally Using Online Photos
- Art Law Journal - How can I Find Out if a Creative Work is Copyright Free?
Determine if photo is Copyrighted, Creative Commons or Public Domain
If you come across an image you wish to share, whether on a photo sharing website (such as Flickr), on a blog, website, Google image search or Pinterest, check to see if there is Creative Commons or Copyright information with the photograph. In the case of an indexing website such as Google Images or Pinterest, you will need to go to the original source to determine copyright. The most important thing is to: Always assume that the image is Copyrighted and restricted from sharing. Your job is to research and find out otherwise. Once you have determined the copyright status of the image, proceed as instructed below.
Copyright / All Rights Reserved
DO NOT post the photo itself on the forum (unless you have received permission from the copyright owner to share on the forums).
To share, please post the link to the page that the photo is on (not a link direct to the image file) with a description. For example:
In the case of those who may have restricted audience set for photos:
DO NOT share photographs or links to the photographs of any photographers who have their images available only for friends views (whether on Flickr, Facebook, or other social media site, or password protected websites), and/or have a statement explaining that their photos are for friend view only.
In the case of a publicly posted image that is copyrighted / all rights reserved, please post like such:
I love the blue hikizuri that Ichiyuri is wearing in this photo:
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I love the blue hikizuri that Ichiyuri is wearing in this photo: [url]https://www.flickr.com/photos/joss/544014730/[/url]
Creative Commons - Sharing with / without attribution - Public Domain
If the image has a Creative Commons set that you can share the image with or without attribution, or the image is classed as royalty free, copyright free or public domain you can post the image directly in on the forums. Regardless of attribution is required or not, we require a link back to the location and attribution. For example:
When a photo requires both attribution and linking to the license:
Fumino looks so happy on her mishidashi!
Photograph by Jo Baz CC BY 2.0
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[img]https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4047/4706511059_f5ba830e05.jpg[/img] Fumino looks so happy on her mishidashi! Photograph by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/joebaz/4706511059/in/photostream/]Jo Baz[/url] [url=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/]CC BY 2.0[/url]
When a photo requires only attribution or no attribution (we want attribution regardless if it's required or not):
How odd is that solid colour darari obi, second from left! Do you think the obi itself was solid colour, or filled in by the original photographer/processor?
Photograph from: Nationaal Archief
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[img]https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2454/3774081603_1678bed4b0.jpg[/img] How odd is that solid colour darari obi, second from left! Do you think the obi itself was solid colour, or filled in by the original photographer/processor? Photograph from: [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/3774081603/]Nationaal Archief[/url]