So what has Lady Gaga got to do with a post on Squidlog? Well, would you like to make a page about a Celebrity or other famous person or event on Squidoo, but are perhaps tempted to not be too careful about where you get the images? Or perhaps you really did not realise that you were infringing copyright when you made that page?
In my experience Squidoo Lenses about famous people, events and coloring pages are amongst the most common topics that violate Squidoo Terms of Service.
And the crazy thing is, it really is oh so very easy to get the pictures you want without having to steal them. And then you won’t have to keep looking over your shoulder wondering if the lens will end up reported and locked. You also do not run the risk of damaging your reputation among other Squidoo Lensmasters.
This post has been inspired by Squidoo Lensmaster fanfreluche who, like me, prefers to see people playing by the rules on Squidoo. Sadly, many don’t and it is frustrating to see these rule-breakers succeed by cheating at the expense of those who do not.
And I do literally mean “at the expense of” because the cheating lenses that manage to get into the payment tiers are pushing other, legal, lenses out.
Heck, I actually KNOW one of the ladies who make Lady Gaga’s hats and even I have not yet managed to get permission to publish some of the photos!! Imagine how fed up I feel when I see those images used illegally!!!
Fanfreluche has been posting about the problem on her blog: Squidoo HQ is taking some action against cheaters and TOS violations. In the post not only does she applaud the demise of someone who has been cheating big time for a long time, (who is most definitely not named, in keeping with Squidoo TOS) she also gives examples of Squidoo lenses that have been made without stealing the images.
If you are not sure about how to find legal images that do not infringe copyright, then I made a lens that outlines what you can and cannot do: Copyright Infringements. I also list the sites I use to get free images.
OK, so looking for legal images may take a bit longer than hot-linking to images on another site, which in many instances is illegal, or just saving an image to your hard drive and then downloading into a Squidoo module, which can also be illegal, but once it is done it is done. The lensmaster who has just had much of his account locked is probably now wishing he had done just that.