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I will be launching the beta of AskBibleScholars.com official blog very soon and have questions about image copyright

The markdown editor is CKEditor 5 which would allow the scholars to use images in their blog posts.

I'm not remotely clear on how to handle copyright situations and/or how to inform the scholars about copyright issues.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. [4]
    stu2b50
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    For US law, the main thing you'll be looking at is eligibility for "Safe Harbor" status, which protects online service providers from legal liability if it satisfies certain qualifications You can...

    For US law, the main thing you'll be looking at is eligibility for "Safe Harbor" status, which protects online service providers from legal liability if it satisfies certain qualifications

    You can see the exact details at Section 512; note that you do need to have some mechanism for copyright holders to file a DMCA complaint to you.


    Besides copyright, there's a whole bunch of other landmines with user uploaded images. For instance, you should really strip image metadata - smartphone pictures alongside high end cameras will have automatically set a variety of metadata that many users may not know they're leaking.

    For instances, images will have fairly exact GPS coordinates on them. They may also have the full name (as set on-device) as the author.

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      suspended
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      Technically, how would I accomplish this? Furthermore, most (if not all) of the scholars will be making blog posts from desktop/laptop computers.

      you should really strip image metadata...

      Technically, how would I accomplish this?

      Furthermore, most (if not all) of the scholars will be making blog posts from desktop/laptop computers.

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        stu2b50
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        Yes, but they'll probably be taking pictures with their phones. It's a really easy pitfall to fall into. Say I found I cool new soda that the supermarket is selling. I take a picture of it with my...

        Furthermore, most (if not all) of the scholars will be making blog posts from desktop/laptop computers.

        Yes, but they'll probably be taking pictures with their phones. It's a really easy pitfall to fall into. Say I found I cool new soda that the supermarket is selling. I take a picture of it with my phone, and upload it in my blog alongside a text post about that cool new soda flavor, aaannndd now people can right-click->save as and get the GPS coordinates of my house.

        Now, are you likely to have malicious users who would exploit this? Probably not, but you should at least warn the user, since they probably have no idea they're leaking that.

        As to accomplishing it, I can't endorse anything in specific on this thread but probably at least one of these answers on stackoverflow work.

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          I'll keep this in mind if it ever comes to that end. I don't imagine that it will. However, thank you for the heads up!

          I'll keep this in mind if it ever comes to that end. I don't imagine that it will. However, thank you for the heads up!

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    drannex
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    You really don't need to worry about it. You'll only get a DMCA takedown if something happens, and then you can just remove it. You're protected under most legal jurisdictions for being a content...

    You really don't need to worry about it. You'll only get a DMCA takedown if something happens, and then you can just remove it. You're protected under most legal jurisdictions for being a content host/provider and not the poster.

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    1. [5]
      Adys
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      Yes, this is one of those situations where you don't really have to worry about it until it happens. What I usually do for websites/services I launch is, in my TOS, include a DMCA section that...

      Yes, this is one of those situations where you don't really have to worry about it until it happens.

      What I usually do for websites/services I launch is, in my TOS, include a DMCA section that details the DMCA procedure (please send an email to dmca@example.com with x, y, z etc). I dunno, look at the Wordpress TOS, they're a great template and are under CC license. https://wordpress.com/tos/

      This is probably overkill for your site but if you're going to have a TOS you might as well copypaste a section like that.

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      1. [3]
        bloup
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        Tangential, but it's so strange to me that apparently terms of service agreements (like, the actual text of the agreement itself) are protected by copyright law.

        Tangential, but it's so strange to me that apparently terms of service agreements (like, the actual text of the agreement itself) are protected by copyright law.

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          jtvjan
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          Why wouldn't they be? Creating a watertight agreement takes some expertise. They had to hire a lawyer to write it for them.

          Why wouldn't they be? Creating a watertight agreement takes some expertise. They had to hire a lawyer to write it for them.

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          1. bloup
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            If you should hire a lawyer to draft a legal agreement, then why are we worried about people copying them when, if you aren't a lawyer, you don't even know if the agreement you are copying would...

            If you should hire a lawyer to draft a legal agreement, then why are we worried about people copying them when, if you aren't a lawyer, you don't even know if the agreement you are copying would even be valid in your particular situation?

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        That's a great idea! Thanks so much.

        That's a great idea! Thanks so much.

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    rish
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    Wow congrats. I was away for a while. How is the Tildes community coming in picture?

    Wow congrats. I was away for a while. How is the Tildes community coming in picture?

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      I, recently, sent an email to inquire about this to @Deimos. I haven't heard back from him yet.

      How is the Tildes community coming in picture?

      I, recently, sent an email to inquire about this to @Deimos. I haven't heard back from him yet.

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