Keeping up with copyright licenses

Tonight I spent a few minutes Googling my own name to see what new incoming links I had*, you know, those lovely organic ones that you don't have to beg and plead and pay for.

* Yes, I'm well aware there are tools for checking links, but Googling your name brings up pages that mention you without a link, and there were a few of those tonight.

This little exercise was enough to keep me amused for an hour or so. But I found one site that was particularly interesting. While I was Googling my own name to see what people were saying about me, I found a blog post that - of all things - talked about why you should Google your own name so you know who is using your images. This particular post was using one of my images.

I had to laugh at the irony here.

Permission or not permission?

The natural reaction to finding your content on other websites is to ask yourself "do they have permission?". In this particular case, it's not important because I'm not especially fussy over my images, and they were kind enough to link back to me - which in my books, is a fair price for image/content use.

More importantly though, I don't know if they have permission to use the image or not.

I should know, because it's my image. It's possible it was scraped from the RSS feed, or copied from the blog. It's also totally possible that I gave permission via email to the blog owner in one of the hundreds of email requests I deal with daily - and it wouldn't surprise me if I said "yes" to such a request at some point in the past.

How do you keep track of all the permissions you give out to random people on the internet? Long live open source I say, let's decomplicate life that little bit further.
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