Photo Use

Policy Updated on 10/29/16.

Everything that you see here on my blog/site is property of HARTride 2012, unless otherwise noted. For those of you who have previously visited my old fansites, there are a lot of photos that have been contributed to me by others (including the former Tampa Bay Transit site admin). Those photos are property of their respective owners and I have had to gain permission to use them on my site. On the other hand, my sites also include photos that I’ve released into the Public Domain via Wikipedia. In a moment, I will discuss in greater detail the legalese of using content on this blog and on my websites. This will fall into the following 3 categories.

  1. Content that belongs to HARTride 2012
  2. Content that was contributed to me by others
  3. Public Domain content
  • Content that belongs to HARTride 2012 (NON-PROFIT GENERATING PURPOSES)
    • If you wish to quote one of my blog posts, or any written content from my website for NON-PROFIT GENERATING purposes (for example, if you want to quote one of my blog posts on your own blog), please contact me first to gain written permission to use the content. I also ask that you please provide proper credit and post a link to my site so that others know where you got the quote from.
    • If you wish to use one of my photos from a particular blog post or web page, again for NON-PROFIT GENERATING purposes; the same guidelines above apply.
    • As long as you let me know in advance that you are going to use my photos and/or quote my content/posts, I will most likely approve your request. Now this is being that your purpose in using my photos/content is for NON-PROFIT GENERATING purposes.
  • Content that belongs to HARTride 2012 (PROFIT GENERATING PURPOSES)
    • For those of you who wish to use my content/photos for PROFIT GENERATING PURPOSES (INCLUDING FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES) MUST CONTACT ME FIRST TO OBTAIN WRITTEN PERMISSION! NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Content that was contributed to me by others
    • As I mentioned before, there are many photos on my website/blog that include photos and information that were submitted to me by others. This creates another layer of legalities because not only will you have to gain my written permission to use the photo/content, but I will also need to contact the original owner of the content to gain his or her permission as well.
    • The same rules as mentioned above will apply to this category also. WRITTEN PERMISSION MUST BE OBTAINED FOR CONTENT THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO ME BY OTHERS! NO EXCEPTIONS!
      • For photos that provided to me by a transit agency (i.e. HART, PSTA, etc), YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT THE AGENCY’S REPRESENTATIVE TO GAIN PERMISSION TO USE THEIR PHOTO(S). NO EXCEPTIONS! ~ These photos were obtained by written permission of the agency’s representative.
  • Public Domain content
    • THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THE ABOVE RULES IS FOR PHOTOS THAT I’VE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!
    • In other words, you don’t need advance permission from me to use any photo of mine that is listed in the Public Domain. Now let me be clear on this; this exception only applies to photos that I’ve released into the Public Domain via Wikipedia. The reason why I’ve released certain photos into the Public Domain is to use them on the various articles that I’ve edited in Wikipedia.
    • You may ask why was this the case? At the time, I did not have a Creative Commons or equivalent license to be able to “stamp” on my photos. So thus I released them into the Public Domain to be able to post them on Wikipedia while at the same time noting the photos as my own work.
  • Watermarking of Photos
    • All photo uploads from October 12, 2016 and onward are watermarked. Any transit photography that is used as “featured” photos on website pages will be covered over with a translucent green “film” as I’d like to call it. These measures will be in place to discourage unauthorized use of my photography. Photos that were uploaded to the website prior to October 12, 2016 will have a copyright caption on them, but no watermark. Photos uploaded prior to August 1, 2015 will not have any kind of markings on them – but photographic captions will list the name of the contributor.
    • Some of my contributors have chosen to watermark their photos as well.

ALL POLICIES STATED IN THIS SECTION APPLY TO ALL OF MY SITES!

I thank you for your understanding & cooperation on these matters. If you have any questions, please drop me a line via the Contact Form.

HARTride 2012

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