Was I reading that correctly, when Mandrake Linux or what ever he goes by now said that my old avatar was copyrighted? If that was the case, how come nobody ever told me here to remove it? I am very glad that he did point that out in his last post here, but nobody else has said anything about it. In case you don't know what my old avatar was, it was a Superstar Limo logo I got off the Disneyland Resort website. If I had known it was copyright, I surely wouldn't have used it.
08-27-2001 07:23 PM
the Admins and Moderators of Mousepad don't have time to look at everyones Avatar. even if they did, how would they know if every picture was copyrighted or now.
The only problem that I see with copyrighted avatars is that whoever the copyright belongs to may complain to MP, not to you, the user of MP. so the "Avatar Warning' that we've all read is to cover thier 'butts'. but hey, i'd do that too.
AP Holder since '91
From an old thread titled avatar???:
to which Andrew replied
I have always wondered if my avatar is okay, too? I got if off the Disneyland Resort website, but I hope I don't have to remove it because I like it so much. If I have to, I will.
which received this reply back from CaliforniaCrazy
If you got it from the Disney website, it is most likely owned (and copyrighted) by Disney. Please, only use avatar images you know to be non-copyrighted or that you own.
I guess I will remove it because I know it is probably copyrighted, and I don't want a Disney executive breathing down my neck (you know how they are.)
The general rule of thumb is that if it is text or an image that you did not create yourself, then the copyright belongs to somebody else. Unless you are personally given explicit permission or the owner has given broad generic permission (see Ralph Wiggums information in the Who is signed up for MouseAdventure? thread) you shouldn't use it.
We had initially intended to take a very hard stance on this issue (we feel very strongly about copyright at MousePlanet) and some of our earliest members received notices from us. However, as FantasticFan82 (user of several copyrighted Natalie Portman images in his avatar) points out, we just don't have time to constantly email people asking for changes and following up to see if a change is made.
So, for now we are requesting voluntary compliance and an understanding that we may at any time request that you change your avatar. Much like speeding, we will ignore your protestations that "everybody else was doing it, why me". If we ask you to change it, we'll have a good reason. One thing that will prompt an immediate request is if the copyright owner contacts us (this has happened) or if an avatar strikes a moderator as particularly bothersome from a copyright perspective.
If it all becomes too bothersome at some point, we may very well just disable the avatar option.
Disable the avatar? NO!!! They provide personality. I can now understand why others don't use them though, like MI and Intercot.