Recently, I was on Kathryn's Photos on Flickr and read her blog entry regarding how TicketMaster had used one of her photos without her consent for commercial purposes. She indicates on each of her pictures the rights she has given to those wishing to use her pictures. She does this via Creative Commons. Common Creatives is another copyright website that assists content creators of all kinds on the Internet to protect their work. Since TicketMaster broke her copyright restrictions, they have clearly put themselves in the way of legal action. This is the stuff that lawsuits are made of. Is this a petty law suit? Not in my personal oppinion. I think, if Kathryn does take legal action, it will be a wake up call for not only commercial businesses but for creators of content as well.
Converstations about Commercial Use of Content:
FlickrNation on Using Picts on Personal Sites with Adsense
Flickr Dev. Forum on what is commercial use
Richard Stallman's Philosophy
Flickr: Artists vs. API developers –> I love this debate.
Tools to protect against Copyright infringement:
Copyscape.com is sort of search engine that locates pages on the web with duplications of your work (only text content).
Creative Commons is a great site that creates certificates indicating chosen restrictions you impose for those who wish to republish your work.
What is Copyright?
Copyright vs. Community
Stanford on Copyright