For the most part, pictures shown on this blog are my intellectual property. And even if I don't take the time to watermark a photo, that doesn't make it less protected.
The exception to this will be pictures from the Quilter's Academy series of the completed quilts. Because I feel that it will make my blog more colorful and informative, I wrote to Harriet and Carrie on Sunday, August 1st in order to request permission to use pictures from the book. Within hours, I received a gracious note from Harriet allowing me to put the pictures on my blog. Any time I use one of the Academy Quilt pictures, I will cite my source.
In the September/October issue of McCall's Quilting magazine, they address copyright in relation to quilters. There is also a wealth of information on the web, so no need for me to repeat it here - but I am going to provide a few links.
- Copyright FAQ: http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/CopyrightFAQ.html (Quiz is based on Australian law)
- e-Quilters FAQ: http://www.straw.com/equilters/library/quilt_issues/quilt_copyright.html (the second page has several excellent links)
- Lost Quilt Come Home: Copyright your quilt: http://www.lostquilt.com/CopyrightYourQuilt.html
- Lost Quilt Come Home: Copyright Infringement: http://lostquilt.com/index.php/protecting-quilts/copyright-infringement/
The bottom line for me is this: if it is not your original idea/original work - then give credit to the original designer and everyone wins.