satnav wrote:I see the Mail are also asking readers to send in their pictures of the Jubilee celebrations I've no doubt all of of these pics will be published without any payment being made to the person who took the photograph.
Crowdsourcing - it's the new journalism.
Re image (or text) use, putting it simply , so glossing over the fine detail: the owner of an image maintains copyright regardless of what use is made or where * . He can allow the image to be used elsewhere but can state the conditions and any form of attribution required. He does not have to explicitly state copyright. Courts will usually award standard fees, damages and costs against plagiarists. There is a "fair use" defence but it's wooly and tends not to succeed where the thief is a commercial site.
* unless he submits to a medium which says that one of the terms of submission is handing over of copyright - most forums do this, for example.
Copyright owner can issue a Creative Commons licence - basically says the pic is fair game but may still require attribution.
Look up DMCA for more info, especially DMCA takedown notice if one of your pics (or indeed written material) is copied.