Copyright laws and rules are wide, varied, vague, and can contradict from one government to another. So it's no wonder a lot of myths and perceptions of what you can and can not do continue to perpetuate. There are even legal cases where the judge ruled in favor of the wrong party because of confusion in how the law was interpreted.
For example, if I have a web site and insert an image into a web page and provide a link and credit to the person who owns the image, many people think it's OK to do that. It's not OK. You do not have the right to use the image unless you receive permission. "Permission" may be written notice or payment of a fee or both. Even if I state this, there will be people who will disagree because it is one of those many misconceptions.
Fair Use in and of it's self is a murky area of grey as each case of Fair Use is determined by the courts based on the merits of the case. There are no absolute clear cut definitions of Fair Use, only general guidelines by which we can go.
The image above of the blown glass flowers is the ceiling of the Beliagio Hotel Lobby in Las Vegas and is very much protected under copyright of the artist as well as the fact that it resides on private property with a no commercial photography photo policy without permission and permit.
It should not be available as royalty free as it is a copy of a copyright protected piece of art.
As far as the confusion of copyright law across international border there is the Brene Convention which brings 118 countries together to abide by the often times more strict US Copyright law. Signatories to this article of law as well as answers to most of your copyright questions can be found on http://www.copyright.gov at least for those willing to research for them selves and do a little educational reading.
In this business it behooves every contributor to spend a couple days there reading at least the bones of the laws and gaining a clear understanding of how and why copyright law works.
O! Bretheren! Judgment of thy Stock World is nigh! Are thou preparest to meet thy Reviewer when Stock as we know it descends into the Pit of Fire? It is no longer 2005, my Bretheren, the days when any image could be slapped onto thy internet and wouldest sell. The End is coming! The Judgment when thy Stock World will have but one too many PRETTY SMILING GIRL. DreamsTime has reachest 9 million images and will soon explode into Darkness as the Apocolyspe begins. The hand of thy Stock God will smite all sinners!
Bretheren, the Stock World has become too saturated with similar images and ideas. O, Yes! We have all sinned! I too am guilty! Do we all not go on vacation and upload the same images?
Hatcheckgirl as always is the voice of reason. Agreed. I am always looking for new shots of the same subject. In other words, if you're looking for a shot of a pretty smiling girl, you don't necessarily want to use the same shot that's already been used 100 times. New is good. Different angles are good.
Oh and BTW buying a book on illustration instantly makes you and illustrator, no other talent or skill required, it's just that easy. (sarcasm).
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