Tennisopolis : Tennis Social Network

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 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:

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Comment by Jazz Burks on October 16, 2009 at 12:13am
uhhhh speaking of Ana.... she is no longer in the upper right hand corner of the site was that another picture that the Fun Police said to take down? Maybe because TO does have sponsors the argument can be made that the copyrighted pictures are helping sell the products that sponsor the site. I just don't see how when I see pictures on the the net for free that I like and then share them for my TO friends to see is hurting anybody. Maybe its the lost clicks to the original site ..... I don't know ... its just another case of the web becoming less and less fun.

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