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Comment by Alan Prunty on May 15, 2015 at 6:24am
Thanks for the add
Comment by Bruce Condello on March 25, 2013 at 7:03pm
Thank you, Jonathon.
Comment by Joe Angelucci on March 25, 2013 at 6:53pm

Well if you want to be technical, any image posted directly by an individual who created an image is establishing the image as copyrighted  since the posting is establishing the creative author. Use can be granted via a limited use / restrictive  license  or given to the public domain. Unless stated , you can not assume an image is in the public domain. 

Comment by Joe N. Birdwell on March 25, 2013 at 11:06am
Ok guys.. I found I have friend members to send them messages.. So I was taking a picture they posted and did things to it and then tried to friend or post it..maybe I should start a blog or forum where people could post pictures they want me to do things with?
Comment by JBplusThuy on March 25, 2013 at 10:53am

From a copyright perspective, modifying and re-posting pictures is dicey, because its clearly a violation of copyright unless the pictures are released under a Free license (Creative Commons With Attribution, for example). That said, I generally agree with Bruce, it's unlikely to be a problem on BBG, however, I would recommend using just pictures of fish and steering clear of pictures of people - especially pictures of kids.

I'm not a lawyer and don't play one on TV, but I am an experienced mailing list administrator and am well-acquainted with Free licenses, both software-oriented ones such as the GNU GPL and media-oriented ones such as Creative Commons.

Jonathan

Comment by Bruce Condello on March 25, 2013 at 10:05am

There are no problems with this, Joe.  I think it's a cool idea.  If you take them off this site, and give credit to who took them, you're OK.  If for some reason somebody doesn't like it, we'll respect their wishes and take it down.  I'll bet there's no problems however.

Comment by Leo Nguyen on March 25, 2013 at 8:27am

I don't think you're breaking any rule, unless the images are taken off from other site, modified, and take it as your own. As long as the the photos are originally yours, it's not a problem.

Comment by Joe N. Birdwell on March 25, 2013 at 6:29am

Is there any issues or problems with me going through folks pictures they have posted and playing with them with my software to make them look special and posting them somewhere on the site for them to see and use if they want use it on their page? I don't wanna break any rules ect..

Comment by Randel Merlin Pringle on February 18, 2013 at 6:39am

Is this free to join? i love big gills but i am on a set income

Comment by JBplusThuy on February 3, 2012 at 10:49am

There was a phase of my career where one of my duties was to be a mailing list administrator (both professionally and as a volunteer in a Linux user's group), and in all my experience, that's the best set of list/forum rules I've ever seen. Very nice work, Bruce! 

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