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11. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 264 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

However, if someone complains that a copyrighted photo is being shown on here, then we do remove it without hesitation. This has happened in a few cases, so it's certainly not unheard of.

And good for you! Along with copyright violation, a lifted photo for a guide/review is no proof that the poster has ever been to the place they claim to have been. A number of VT members not only had their content axed but their memberships as well for blatant abuse of that guideline. The same applied to blocks of text lifted word-for-word, or very nearly so, from uncredited, unquoted sources.

I will say that being able to use imagery in the forums was often useful. When helping someone figure out not just the WHAT to see/do but the HOW to do that, visual aids can be very valuable tools. For instance, showing them what a train station's schedule board is going to like - when explaining how to find their train/platform - and the machine they need to look for to valid their ticket, if necessary. If we'd written a review on that subject, we could link it but sometimes we just grabbed the instructional photos we'd taken to illustrate those reviews, if we had them, or screen captures from the net. That sort of "lifting" from the net was allowed for the forums.

One more mention: photos of artwork. I have taken a lot of those in museums which allow photography, and a lot of other members have as well. They could very easily be judged as lifted from the net when they haven't been. I guess some caution needs to be taken before removing any of those which may have been reported for copyright violation?

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2017, at 05:59 by goodfish ]

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13. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 264 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

OK, new question: the above post is spam and for illegal activity besides. How do we report this stuff when we see it? Or do we let them ride and hope that mods catch them all?

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2017, at 06:20 by goodfish ]

14. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting goodfish

OK, new question: the above post is spam and for illegal activity besides. How do we report this stuff when we see it? Or do we let them ride and hope that mods catch them all?

If you are allowed, you will see a 'report' button .. click it.. It is not just mods who can report it .. I am not a mod & I just reported it. Maybe at your next level after 'budding member' - I am surprised any of of the Ex-VT people with thousands of photos & some forum posts are still' 'budding'

If you are not allowed yet .. it will come at some level.

I am surprised that particular spam is not caught by the auto process.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2017, at 06:26 by hasbeen ]

15. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 264 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi hasbeen -
Nope, I don't have the report button yet, thus the question.
Nice to know it's coming soon! Thanks much for reply.

16. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Although .. if it is really bad, abusive etc. You might be able to click the persons name & click report member under the photo or message Peter or one of the mods

17. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 264 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Ah. Gotcha. Except "report member" doesn't seem to be there either. Maybe coming too?

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2017, at 06:35 by goodfish ]

18. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 675 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Another question is the legal situation in the respective countries. For example, I sometimes use postage stamps as illustrations for abstract topics, like in my "Germany's Calendar" blog. German postage stamps are explicitly declared as "gemeinfrei", in other words, the images are free to use. A moderator from a different country may not know this and accuse me of copyright violation, although my conscience is clear.

19. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Like the other VTers I'm busy mapping my photos and weeding out those that are unlikely to be needed or relevant here. That includes screen shots as others have mentioned, also some map grabs as Ingrid (Trekki) mentioned. I do have a handful that are not my own - in all cases these are copyright free and/or used with permission. In the accompanying VT review I will have explained this but of course at the moment those reviews aren't visible so it could appear that I'm trying to pass the photos off as my own. My temporary solution to this, if I spot such a photo in this initial trawl, is to untick the boxes for featuring and for display in my gallery. I hope this seems in order?

20. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5701 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

ToonSarah: Personally, I'd say the ideal situation would be to edit the description of the photo to note the permission directly along the photo itself, untick "allow featuring", but leave "show in gallery" turned on, because otherwise the photos are effectively undiscoverable.
However, as Peter mentioned, the default assumption is that you'll have appropriate permission (which you do), so pretty much any course of action is absolutely fine.

goodfish, hasbeen: reporting posts temporarily removes them from view, and might limit the poster from making any further posts, which can be open to abuse, so these functions are limited to respected members / travel gurus / moderators. We tend to always have enough of those around that spam is generally reported very swiftly.

I suspect many ex-VT members will reach these statuses pretty swiftly, although usage patterns here are of course again abnormal, and depending on where individual focus is, it might take longer than it "should". (aka, take care not to read too much importance in these member statuses)