Post # 1
I have an angel and a devil on my shoulder at the moment. Combing through the internet I found a beautiful mapped illustration of not only my city, but my city with the ceremony venue, reception venu, AND the Rehearsal Dinner spot mapped out. It’s exactly what I wanted but couldn’t afford to have made. I put the image into microsoft word and was able to remove the couples name and date and insert ours. I printed it out and…its perfect. When I say perfect, It’s PERFECT! Hearts are in the right places, buildings are so cute! I am in love. But I’m feeling a little guilty because obviously someone paid for this and someone got paid for it. Is it kind of like stealing if I use this? What would you do?
Post # 3
I would totally use it! Go for it.
Post # 4
If something goes up on the internet without a big fat copyright thing on it, it’s fair game.
Even if it does, I’d be lying if i said I didn’t use stuff from the internet sometimes.
But seriously if you post your stuff…*shrug*
Post # 5
They put it on the Internet, available for free AND in a format that you’re able to modify. I would totally use it and not feel an inch of guilt.
Post # 6
The good citizen in me says “no, don’t take it you didn’t pay for it.”
But the slightly evil, less moral part of me says go for it. If someone was dumb enough to post it up on the internet at a high enough resolution to be printable I say it is their loss.
Post # 7
I once read a quote that said, “If you want to hide something, the Internet is not the place to hide it.”
So in other words… if that couple didn’t want their work (or the work they paid for) stolen, then as @babyboo: said, they shouldn’t have put it on the Internet in a printable resolution.
Besides, who will be any the wiser (besides us Bees, of course)? 😉
Post # 8
i would use it. i might even contact them and thank them. I would be uber pleased if someone used my ideas.
Post # 9
Wow, am I the only one who feels like this is wrong?
You have to ask the question and you feel weird about it for a reason!
Sorry if that isn’t a nice thing to say, but I gotta be honest that it makes me uncomfortable. 🙁
Post # 10
As other have said previously, I would think it would be considered stealing if there was copyrights on it, or whatermarks, or purely as an example on someone’s website that they are selling….but since it doesn’t….how do we know this couple/artist isn’t being generous, as it is posted in a printable resolution?
Post # 11
If it’s up on the internet, it’s fair game. It’s not copyrighted.
Post # 12
Artwork in any form–including on the internet–is copyrighted work until the creator has been deceased for 70 years.
Since 1989, it has NOT been required for the (c) symbol to appear on the work for it to still be under copyright.
Using something you found on the internet is a violation of copyright, and if the original creator finds out (say, they see your wedding pictures on your photographers blog), you could easily be sued. Besides that, it is stealing someone’s livelihood. This is no different from downloading music off the internet, which people have been found liable in court for millions of dollars for doing.
Wikipedia entry on copyright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_copyright_law
Not precisely relevant to this case, but a great (and funny) introduction to copyright law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo
What you should do is try to contact the original artist, and see if they would sell you the map for a discounted fee, since they have already done all of the work.
Post # 13
I would still use it. It sucks for them, but they put it out there on the internet without any copyright so its all yours.
Post # 14
Also, everyone keeps saying “it was on the internet, so it’s their own fault.” Was it put on the internet by the artist, or by the bride who commissioned it? Either way, I feel it is wrong, but the argument that it was their own fault loses any ground if it was the bride who did so without permission.
Post # 15
As an academic who discusses plagiarism and copyright with students all the time, taking images off of the internet without permission is stealing. Just because it’s posted on the internet doesn’t mean there is no copyright affiliated with it. I would contact the creator for permission and rights to use it. Compliment them on how awesome you think it is and that it would be perfect for your wedding.
Post # 16
I would use it. And if I were the couple, I would be incredibly flattered…especially since it clearly makes your heart sing. 🙂