Hi everyone. I know that most internet users run willy-nilly copying great photos and pasting them to their favorite websites (Tennisopolis included.) I couldn't imagine how many illegally duplicated photos are on Facebook alone. Not to mention all the illegal vids on YouTube. Nonetheless, it is not allowed. Unless you have been given permission by the author of a photo (some people call them photographers, but in the world of copyright law "author" is the term) or a video and news articles, you may not duplicate it.
We were recently reminded of this fact when a takedown notice was issued for some Ana Ivanovic pics that a member had uploaded to Tennisopolis. They were taken down immediately, and now we are reminding all of our fantastic members to take down any photos that you may have uploaded without permission. We'll be scanning the site looking for professional photographs to delete. If we mistakenly take down some original content of your's or some content that you have written permission to use, forgive us. Re-upload it and let us know.
And you say, "But Mark, where am I going to get a great photo of my favorite player if I can't afford to go to Wimbledon?" Not to worry, there is always Flickr.com. Now, here's how you do it. Only some of the images can be used from Flickr, NOT ALL. Some "authors" post on Flickr but still retain copyrights and deny the use of them.
How to find the photos that are free to use:
Go to the Advanced Search
page at Flickr and be sure to click the box at the bottom for "Creative Commons". If you want to be extra safe, click on the "Find content to use commercially" button. Be sure to click on the copyright logo at the bottom of the right column (Additional Information zone) to see what that particular author requires. Some want you to give them credit, in which case there is a small embeddable text which will do so. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF TENNIS PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR USE. :-)
Here's some great photos we found in 2 minutes: