I confess to taking a 'conservative' position on free audio downloads. So I have always felt somewhat uneasy about my frequent use of 'deep linked' images On An Overgrown Path.
'Deep linked' (or 'hot linked') images mean that the pictures you see here are not copied by me from another web site, instead you are looking 'through' my page directly at the image on the host site. No copying is involved, and I retain no copy at all other than the web address at which the original is stored. But guidelines on this practice are not clear, and there is a fairly good chance that technically it may breach copyright.
In the past fifteen months I have 'deep linked' to many images, and now always credit the source of the image. Several artists I have contacted have had no objections, and were pleased for the exposure, accepting that if their work was put on the web it would be used by other sites. I have had just the one objection in the form of the rude message displayed above in place of the linked image. Knightmare is a BBC TV children's series made by Broadsword Television. Ironically the image of Castle Acre Priory I linked to in fact originally appears to have come from English Heritage, a publicly funded body! I quote from the Knightmare web site - 'Thanks to Jason Nankoo for sending the following taken from the English Heritage Visitors' Handbook (1999-2000):'
So am I wrong in 'deep linking'? Is it image theft? Am I an intellectual property thief just like the file sharers? Should I stop putting 'deep linked' images On An Overgrown Path?
Guidance and views please....
Image credit - Knightmare
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