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Feedback on pictures

Steve Herrmann Steve Herrmann | 10:02 UK time, Friday, 1 February 2008

There’s been some good, well-informed feedback from you on the status of pictures on personal and social networking sites. Several – I think rightly - highlight copyright as the key issue.

A graphic of the BBC News websiteI think Juno has a point about people confusing ease of access to material with freedom to use it. I hope we don’t do that.

I also think Jay has a point when he says he – and probably others – don’t necessarily pay close attention to the terms and conditions for use of the photos they post on various sites.

Alf – the idea of “intended audiences” is an important one, and I agree it does and will create ethical dilemmas, not just around images and video, but personal information in general. Maybe the best advice to us on the matter is from Nick: treat others as you’d like to be treated yourself.

Thanks for the responses. The whole issue is being discussed by various people in the BBC, and I’m sure we’ll revisit it soon.


The photographs that you have produced for your social networking profile should be just for the enjoyment of you and your friends. However, copyright should not be violated.

I just say these words, all you people please have your say.

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