How You See A Tree

how I see a tree As I was walking to work yesterday morning, I noticed small buds appearing on this tree. It will probably be flowering next week. I hope to see it.

I tried to take a picture of the tree to capture the beautiful change taking place, but it wasn’t looking the same in the picture as in my mind’s eye.

Then I looked down and noticed the shadow. It looked far more interesting! A simple shift in perspective can change how you see everything.

On that note, have a wonderful weekend my friends!

SpaceX Waives Copyright ~ Photos in Public Domain

SpaceX DragonRecently I read in Forbes that SpaceX wants the public to use its pictures. They have a Flickr channel where you can take a look at their photostream, then use the pictures as you like.

The photo pictured here shows the Dragon spacecraft being dropped by parachutes. The Dragon is the “only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.” Pretty cool, huh?

The general public may not be aware, but most photos found online are not free to use. They are probably protected by copyright and permission for any type of use should be obtained from the owner. At the very least, the owner of the photo should be credited. But that still may not be enough to protect from a claim of copyright infringement.

Since SpaceX is encouraging the public to use their photos for free, they have waived the copyrights to all their photos and have specifically stated that there is no copyright and the Creative Commons license is Public Domain. See the wording of the license below.

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Waiving the copyright and using intellectual property in the public domain, is different from the fair use of intellectual property.

When copyright protected work is used without permission of the owner, sometimes a court may find that use was okay. The use was fair to the owner based on factors for the public good like, “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research.”

As someone who creates content and has seen my work used by others without my permission, I’m very aware of copyright issues. Hopefully this quick little lesson may help others from making a mistake and using the work of someone else without permission. This is an issue that comes up a lot with bloggers!

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Disclaimer: While I am a Massachusetts licensed attorney, nothing written or shared here should be construed as legal advice. No attorney client relationships have been formed on this blog. I am not in private practice nor am I seeking clients for private legal representation. If you have a legal question, please contact a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.

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Photo Credit: SpaceX

Subway Stories: South Station Last Night #MBTA

South Station TIt was so cold last night! But as I walked from work to the T, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful South Station looked.

Lit up in red lights and glowing against the sky above and snow below. It took a few takes to get this picture on Instagram. But I think it was worth have freezing fingers for a few moments.
Dog on platformWhile waiting for the Braintree train at South Station, I noticed the most beautiful dog. It was sitting quietly until a train went by, then got up and looked like he was ready to go! So was I!

The Braintree train arrived without waiting long at all and it seemed like things were starting to get back to normal here in Boston.