Originally Posted by Scout 30
I hate to say it but I believe you are posting misinformation. Big corporations like Corelogic have made it clear that they can sue people for using photos in MLS without the owner's consent & Yachtworld is MLS for boats. Although I'm an Appraiser I am a member
of the Board of Realtors & I've recently had to sign an agreement related to the ownership
of photos in MLS & the legal
recourse involved when they are used without consent of the owner. We may think we are doing Yachtworld a favor by posting their photos without permission but I doubt Yachtworld agrees.
You and I usually see things and often think alike.
In this case, I have mixed feelings.
I generally respect the intellectual property of others, including other photographers. I never delete copyright watermarks, and am happy to give attribution when I know who made the photo
or when it is identified, etc.
In this case, I think sharing the photos of a boat that is on the market for sale
, and has been published on the internet
, is a different kind of issue.
As I see it, the profiles I post here on CF are within the bounds of “Fair Use” in that the photos I share here (often copied from elsewhere on the net) are intended to educate and inform and to illustrate some discussion of suitable boats. “Fair Use” is a concept
in copyright issues, and I think it applies here to the way these photos are used in these discussion threads.
From the US Copyright Office:
“Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching,
scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use. ”
We discuss boats here, bringing to CF Member attention what is noteworthy.
My Point of View is that this thread (and a few others I started that show very good examples of boats) is intended to educate readers of CF about the various boat models and features. We also discuss boat designers, useful features, noticeable improvements, modifications, and exemplary condition.
I don’t make any money
from sharing these images
here and I don’t get paid by CF or brokers or owners or others to do so. I am simply trying to illustrate what I see as good boats, or the best among the many I see.
That is how I see it.