I’m following cooking blogs and artists that share images and arts through their blog. Occasionally, they will posts frustration entries about their dishes images and arts that are used or printed without their consent. For instance, an artist shared how her artwork was downloaded from Google Images and printed to promote independence day celebration by a tourism company.
She and her friend talked to a local press and got their stories published in the newspaper to increase people awareness towards illustrations copyrights issues. The artist also has explained her copyright terms in her site.
Some or maybe most of the Internet users thought that images that they Googled, can be downloaded and free to use. They have the assumption that
if it’s posted on the Internet, it’s on a public domain. Thus, FREE to use by EVERYONE…
This is also one of the myths that Brad Templeton listed on his 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained post.
Learn more about Public Domain here from the Creative Commons site.