Identifying Copyrighted photo

Identifying Copyrighted photo; copyrighted picture and many more information.

Identifying Copyrighted photo

Identifying Copyrighted photo or not is a crucial question because there are so many pictures available on the web; some of them are copyright protected while the rests are not. In MumbaiSpider, we must not use even a single copyrighted picture. However, since most of us fail to identify a copyrighted picture from the rests, there is a chance of submitting copyrighted pictures in MumbaiSpider. Hence, it is quite necessary to know the technique of identifying copyrighted photo.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is an exclusive authoritarian right of the creator over his or her creations, to be the only rightful master of the work. Copyrights last for a certain duration of time but this may differ according to the individual laws of the countries as well as the subject types. Though copyright concepts bloomed as early as in 1709, it came under the umbrella term of intellectual property only in the last century. Nowadays, if intellectual properties are unduly reproduced, it will be marked as copyright violation and subject to be penalized as par the laws.

Which are Copyrighted Photos?

On the web, there are millions of photos available, with copyright in some cases. Avoid the following photos for they are most likely to be copyrighted:

1. Photos with watermarks are always copyrighted.

2. Logos and Header pictures of any website are always copyrighted. For example, the logo of can nowhere be reproduced without receiving prior permission from the webmasters.

3. Maps, charts, globes, diagrams and technical drawings are mostly copyrighted. It is advisable not to post them. If you really need to download any such images from the web and use as an attachment, it will better that you acknowledge your borrowing (in an endnote or bibliography or so).

4. Apart from the photo galleries and downloadable pictures of the official websites of any product / company / organization, the photos that are tucked into the corners of the main texts are mostly copyrighted. It is better to avoid them. Instead, use secondary sites, sites reviewing the product and the like. For example, the official site of Product A is; you should avoid posting pictures of Product A from that site since those may be subject to copyright and if you post them in TamilSpider, you will be subject to copyright violation. Now, if that Product A is reviewed in sites like or and so on, you can can use the pictures of Product A from those sites as those will not be copyrighted pictures.

5. Photos with an extra bit of animation and decoration are always copyrighted. For example, someone took a picture of the Rajabai Clock Tower, put a coloured border to the photo, and published it in his or her blog. You cannot reproduce such photos as these will be copyrighted pictures.

Which are not Copyrighted Photos?

Usually, the following kinds of photos are not copyrighted:

1. Photos of public buildings (buildings where people can go) unless prohibited. Nevertheless, if such pictures are watermarked or decorated you cannot use them.

2. Photos of parks, and art works publicly displayed in the parks and streets, are not copyrighted. For example, you do not need any permission to post the photograph of the Shivaji Statue in Shivaji Park.

3. While writing a review, critique, news report and so on, you can use most of the photos for academic purpose; nevertheless, such articles still cannot have watermarks, header pictures and logos.

4. Incidental photos are not copyrighted. Suppose, Sculpture X is copyrighted; so you cannot post pictures of Sculpture X or sell it and the like. But, if you are trying to shoot or post the photo of a public gathering around it, the sculpture itself becomes secondary (please note that the title of your post must emphasize on the public gathering first and then the sculpture name or so as secondary locations). These are called incidental photos and posting such photos will not be a copyright violation.


Author: Sushila05 Aug 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Hi, Kumaraditya,

You have clarified the 'copyright" terms clearly. This was always in the back of my mind.

I was confused and scared to copy some of the pictures and finally gave it up in fear.

Now that you have made it clear, I can identify pictures and attach fearlessly.

Thanks for your valuable information .


Author: Ninad 26 Nov 2010 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Hi Mr.Kumaraditya Sarkar,

Thanks for sharing information related to Copyrighted Photo.
This will improve knowledge about photo sharing.


Author: sb sidh16 Jan 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Kumar hi,

I want to say thanks to you for posting this comment on Copy right subject.

Just recently I have posted 2 articles with picture. Those pictures are taken by me.

I know there are many pictures in every subject.

Buts it’s very difficult to know which picture we can copy paste.

As you have given very clear details on what type of picture we can copy & paste.

It’ll help us to make our article more colorful & attractive.

I just wanted to know, Can we copy & paste the written text material?

I have learned how to post photo by adding attachment.

But yet I don’t know how to insert picture in side the article how you all do.

I know it will take time for me to learn.

But if any body can guide me it’ll be appreciated.

Thank you

Author: sb sidh19 Jan 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

To Webmaster & Editor,

I have little doubt on copy right subject.

As it is mentioned, we can't copy same material from the other site, books or papers.

But can we change the words the post the comment?

I have observed all our members are posting some or other article related to vacancy in small scale industry or related to other jobs.

They must have read or seen advertisement in some paper then they post article here in MSR classified forum.

I Just wanted to know, is it ok to post article on vacancies which are given in news paper & magazines?

Thank you

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