Writing Style & Voice

Food Blogger Connect 2009 was a resounding success even though we did not enjoy as much time together as we would have liked to. Although many of us left the conference with great new tips, tricks and food for thought, there are still plenty of questions lurking in our hungry minds.

As promised, we have created a space for you to submit your questions.The deadline to submit questions is Friday December 18th, 2009. Jeanne and Jamie will then come back and answer all your questions on Monday, December 21st, 2009.

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2 Responses to Writing Style & Voice

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake December 17, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    I’ve got a question, not sure if this is right place for it or not. Where is the best place to get copyright free images from? Do I need to open a shutterstock account? I have so far found stuff on Flickr and asked people for permission but it’s hit and miss whether they bother to reply and I want to get relevant images without spending hours and hours researching them.
    Also quite often, I’ll have in mind a scene from an old commerical or tv show that’s probably available on YouTube but how do I get permssion to use film stills from these sources?

  2. Jeanne December 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Sarah
    Good question. I would say Flickr is generally not the best place to start, unless of course you stumble across something there that you really adore. I know I don’t always check my Flickr messages and might miss a use request for weeks.

    Shutterstock is good but considering their pricing structure, it’s probably only useful if you need quite a few photos quite often, not just the occasional photo.

    For one-off public domain images, I would look at the following free sources, many of which are searchable by topic (the first links to a list of sources):

    http://www.freestockimages.net/resource-list/
    http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
    http://www.public-domain-photos.com/
    http://www.sxc.hu

    The commercial stills issue is complicated I’m afraid. All comercials and TV shows are copyrighted and the to be totally safe, you should ask for permission from both the producer of the show, or advertiser and the agency who made the advert (which might be tricky to find out). However, seeing as you are using only one still from a 30 second (give or take!) advert or a longer TV show, it may be that your use can fall under the “fair use” exception where you are allowed to use a small portion of a copyrighted work for illustrative purposes. Unless you are planning to use large numbers of stills on a regular basis, I would say that trying to track down and get a response from the copyright owner might be more trouble than it is worth. The pragmatic approach would be to post the still and mention the show and the owner (e.g. BBC Television) and leave it at that. If somebody is aggrieved by your posting, then they will contact you – and in that case you must take the image down as soon as requested. But I honestly doubt that, if the clips are knocking about undisturbed on YouTube, anybody will pursue you for copyright infringement.

    Hope that answers your question!

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