I've pulled my blogs about Barberton, Ohio. And here's why...
I recieved this e-mail from the Barberton Historical Society the other day...
I hope all is well since we last spoke and that you enjoyed the book!
It was brought to my attention today that you now have a blog page. That's great! I love to see active interest in area history. However, the reason it was brought to my attention is because there are copywritten pictures on there - both through us and other organizations. You must take the pictures from The Barberton Historical Society's site and books down. We actually own these. I would suggest that you do the same for all the other pictures as well.
People love old pictures and they go nicely along with your blog. Perhaps you can put links in there (like, to see old Barberton pictures, check out... Though some of those things are not there now, it would be extremely interesting for you to go take your own modern pictures (like this house used to be....). I actually have yet to see a page do that, and it would be both interesting and very useful.
Anyhow, please take any pictures you got from our books or website down from any internet site you might run. Since these are copywritten, it can actually lead to big problems and no one wants that!
Barberton Historical Society
For one thing, I was under the understanding that these pictures were public domain. But besides that, They came to me when they saw a blog I had online about some ghost pictures that I took and wanted to add them to a book that they were publishing at the time. They endded up taking two of my stories for their book. That was fine, I had no problem with that. They used my pictures as well. I gave permission for them to do that. I never recieved any money or comensation for it and I knew that going in. The books are published and the money used by them for restoration on several Barberton structures and I was happy with that. When I created my Barberton blogs, I put advertisement links on them for people interested in buying the book and others that they had published. I never asked for any compensation for my stories, pictures, etc., I was happy to do it. I wanted people to learn more about Barberton and that's why I included the link to the Society's website and book sales on all of my Barberton blogs. Yes, I used some pictures for my blogs that I thought were simply old pictures that were there to use. I got no compensation from these photos, I don't get any money for doing this, I'm just a history nut and like to share, it's that simple.
So, Instead of removing the "offending" pictures, I've decided to drop the Barberton blogs all together. I'll stick with what I know more about, Akron and Tallmadge, Ohio. Those pictures are public domain. I wish the Barberton Historical Society luck and a bright future, but I won't be a part of it any longer.