Using Amazon or Smashwords photos in Wikinut Page Articles

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 1st Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Images make pages better. But how does one make sure that copyrights are not being infringed and Terms of Use are being fairly applied?

Using images for book reviews on Wikinut

So, clearly I'm writing this page because I've been doing book reviews. And on my 2nd Wikipage, my first book review, I got a notice from the moderator that images would make my review better. I agree. Images make everything better.
However, there's a box that pops up when you attempt to load an image on Wikinut that asks you to declare that you own the copyright to the image you are using. Well, call me paranoid, but I don't have the copyright for book covers I get from Amazon. So I didn't know if giving credit was enough.
I asked one of my page moderators, who gave me a nice rundown of copyright free sites I could use to get stock images, like the one seen beside this section, with the e-reader device held in two hands. And this was a very nice stock answer, and I'm glad he spared the time to type me a response. However, it did not answer my question.
As a result, I sent a "contact us" query to the fine folks at Wikinut and then set to writing this article. As I get a concrete response, I will be adding that information here. Surely, I am not the first person worried about being sued for my use of copyrighted images, and I know I am not the only person who does book reviews. In fact, I have seen many other Wikinut reviews that included Amazon's images of the book they reviewed. And I went into their comment sections and asked them. I want to do things right, and as soon as I know what that right answer is, I will be sharing it with you.

The moderator's answer

When I get an answer, I will post it here.
Comments from the moderator:
Publishing an image is down to you the author, and it will be you that will be responsible if you upload a copyright image.

Whenever you upload an image, you should meet the following minimal requirements.

1. Always tag your image with one of the image copyright tags. When in doubt, do not upload copyrighted images.
2.Always specify on the description page where the image came from (the origin, sometimes called its "source") and information on how this could be verified. Examples include scanning a paper copy, or a URL, or a name/alias and method of contact for the photographer. For screenshots this means what the image is a screenshot of (the more detail the better). Do not put credits in images themselves.

Public domain images are not copyrighted, and copyright law does not restrict their use in any way.

Regards Johnny

My answer via e-mail

I'm going to include my question, too. Maybe you can suggest any better phrasing I should have employed for questioning in the future:
On Sat, 1 Jun 2013, Wikinut Support wrote:

> ==================================
> Query: Hello there! I am doing several book reviews for my 10
> Wikinut pages. It has been suggested that I include images, and I
> think an image of the book cover is a good idea. I have seen other
> Wikinut posters grab images from Amazon, but the dialog box asks
> people to assert that they own the images. I would give credit to
> Amazon or Smashwords and the author, but I would not own the images.
> One moderator suggested I go to Wikipedia or morguefile for free
> images, but I don't think there's a good possibility of finding the
> book covers for books I'm reviewing there. I feel confident I could
> get permission from the authors to take the pictures from their
> websites, but permission (based on the few things I find on Wikinut)
> is not the same as ownership. So as a new member, I want to make sure
> I ask and get the proper way of doing things when it comes to images.
> Then, I can create a Wikipage about it! ;) Thanks for taking the
> time to answer.
> ==================================

If you are reviewing a book or commenting upon it then it would normally
be acceptable to use the book artwork under "fair use" provisions. This
only applies where the majority of the page is your own work, and if
quotations from the book(s) are relatively short.

If these common-sense rules are met there is no problem with using the
book artwork to illustrate your articles.


Sam W
Wikinut Ltd
Registered number 07040100 in England and Wales.


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author avatar philpalm
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

Hi Phyl, it is strange no comments are here but then again some folks want to not leave evidence that they know about the copywrite laws.

You can post a picture that is similar to Amazon image and plainly state that it is a facimile of the book. It takes some clever thinking to do an imitation or dopperganger of something that is copywrite.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, Phil. So far, I haven't had a problem saving the Amazon image and just attributing it to Amazon. The moderator informed me that since I'm reviewing the book, to use the image is fair use, as I hope I made clear in the article. Thanks again for your comment!

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