Meme encourages theft

There is a “CD Cover Meme” doing the rounds at the moment that is not quite as harmless as it might seem.

It involves visiting certain sites to obtain text for use as artist name and album title; then the third step of the meme suggests that you should

Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days.
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

What people may not realise is that doing this will in all likelihood be stealing. Although there is a chance that the photo in question might be Creative Commons licenced and allow derivative works, it is more likely that it will be licenced as “All Rights Reserved” or CC licenced but not allow derivative works. In that case, your use of the image for the meme will be theft; so don’t do it. Respect the rights of other publishers just as you would like others to respect yours.

Image courtesy of lovelypetal.

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3 responses to “Meme encourages theft

  1. I was actually wondering about that. I saw a lot of people doing this meme on facebook.
    It bothers me when people jack images off of google sometimes to edit and post on their profiles and blogs without giving credit. It just becomes a random picture taken by someone random and it will never be traced back to the artist. It’s sad, really.

  2. A worthwhile point craniac, I think many frequent users of the internet who do not upload their own creatives simply do not think about this sort of thing. In fact, I have uploaded several of my own “artistic” (*coff*) images, and yet STILL do not think about these issues.
    Noted to self….

  3. This exemplifies the problem with current copyright laws. Here users are not selling the images they use and are just doing so for creativity purposes (insert freedom of information/culture argument here). There is nothing morally wrong with this, and the artist is not hurt in any material way, and yet those who take part of labelled criminals.

    It’s been a while since I saw the group on Facebook but if I remember correctly many posted links to the artists pages – which is good.

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