Wednesday, January 18, 2006
You May Think This Is Funny, but It’ snot
In the interest of courtesy, I have removed the pointer to the individual’s photo. You’ll note that the link, above, is dead. It was a photo of the photographer’s son which was totally humorous, even though one felt incredibly sorry for the poor kid who was obviously under great distress over something. Personally, I saw no reason not to allow anyone to enjoy what ultimately amounted to a wonderful photograph, but I can understand people have their own wishes and privacy concerns.
So, instead, I’ll turn this entry into one that is still meritorious of the headline I gave it. It comes in the form of some advice. The internet is, by and large, a public medium. Unless you take measures to put content behind some form of authenticated access, if you post something to a web page, it’s there for the world to see—especially if you use a service such as Flickr or Webshots. Sure, you can still assign certain rights to it (something that Flickr provides for a lot more easily than Webshots) but if I can still access it with a simple URL and not circumventing authentication in any way, then I am under no legal obligation to not link to it from my page. Whether I have a moral obligation is a matter for debate. But the bottom line is, if it’s on a public web site, don’t squawk if it attracts a lot of attention from the rest of the world.
» Posted by ALBj at 09:24 PM (ET)
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