Have you ever been confused about whether or not you can use a photo you find on the Internet? The Visual Communication Guy has made a handy flow chart infographic to help you out. I created the guide below to help sift through the complexity of it all. The reality is, though, as long as you become familiar with four terms–copyright, fair use, creative commons, and public domain–you’ll have a pretty good idea what you can and can’t do with images. If it’s all new to you, spend most of your time learning the fair […]
In response to the Rolling Stone cover story of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, photos of his capture were released by Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police. Apparently, without reading the article, Murphy decided that Rolling Stone was, somehow, glamorizing Tsarnaev. Murphy only concentrated on the cover photo and made his decision without ever looking at the article or the details of the story. However, the photos that Murphy released reveal how the police in America have armed themselves unnecessarily into a quasi-military force. The reality is that the police have become the […]
Source. EDIT: 16 September 2012: I woke up this morning and discovered many more photos on imgur.
A redditor took this photo of the TSA at work at the Lynx central bus station in Orlando, Florida. This is more security theater. A terrorist isn’t going to board at the central station. They’re going to board farther out and ride the bus into downtown. Even if they did, as soon as they see the TSA, they just turn around and leave. But, hey, if it makes us “feel” safer, they must be doing something right. Right? We all knew this was coming. The government promised it wasn’t. We knew we were being lied […]
Last Friday, Washington, DC’s police chief issued new general orders to all its police officers. Entitled, Video Recording, Photographing, and Audio Recording of Metropolitan Police Department Members by the Public, it aims to make clear how police are to act when encountering individuals using such electronic equipment. The order, which was part of the settlement of an ACLU lawsuit, includes some very interesting, groundbreaking provisions. The order reminds police officers in Washington that: • Still and video photography “of places, buildings, structures and events are common and lawful activities.” • A bystander has the right under the […]