With the issue of copyright hanging it's shady head over almost everything on the internet, it can seem like you can't use anything other than what is written or photographed by you, yourself. Or when you do try to give credit, the original author/photographer is unknown.
If you haven't heard of imgembed.com already, take a look. imgembed provides a fair use service for both 'users' and 'creators' of photos, so as they put it, there's "no more stealing of images online".
- The photos uploaded to the website are available for use with granted permission and for free.
- All photos are hosted on a cloud service, so no downloading is required. You can use photos by simply copy and pasting an image embed code on to your website/blog.
- Sign up isn't required to use this service. However a quick sign up - using a variety of social media accounts, Instagram, Picasa and Flickr included - creates an account with a feed showing recent photo uploads, the ability to follow 'creators' and their albums, upload your own images, etc. Fab but maybe slightly excessive for sharing one or two photos.
- imgembed uses a non flash, image only format making sharing of photos pretty fuss-free.
- 'Creators' are able to track where their images have been used and gain recognition alongside their images, as they are auto-attributed with said creator's name underneath (see below).
- 'Creators' can also make money through 'premium non-attributed use' of their image by users. To you and me, that's the user paying to use the image without the creator's name underneath it.
AND THE CONS?
- The website is still fairly new so there isn't as many images available to use as you would expect on a site like Flickr
- I understand why it's there but the auto-attribution is a little unsightly. Perhaps imgembed will allow users to customise the font or colours of this in future? Or perhaps not, as it's a free service and they would prefer you to pay for the image, all pretty and standalone...
- Users can only customise the width of the image to an approx. maximum 550px width and height. That said, this can be easily rectified by changing the width and height within the HTML of the image source. *ahem*
Overall, this seems a pretty good service for promoting fair use on the internet. It's only right that people are credited for their work. I'm not sure whether I'd use imgembed for the purpose of this blog or other website, as I tend to take my own photos, but it's much better than those yeah-they're-copyright-free-but-they're-cheesy stock photos!
Have you used imgembed?