Don’t worry, I checked and it is perfectly legal to share photos like I do on the site. It’s called the US Copyright Fair Use Act and allows for the distribution of certain otherwise copyrighted materials online for educational, reporting, or commentary purposes (like Lumpy Guppy). Otherwise, I made the material myself, or it was submitted by someone with the intention of being published.
If you see a picture here that you don’t believe is covered by the Fair Use Policy, please tell me ASAP (email) so that I can remove it and save us all the trouble.
Complicated Legalese Version:
All images on Lumpyguppy.com are our original content that we here at Lumpy Guppy create, or has been submitted by email or is readily available in various places on the Internet and believed to be in public domain. Images posted are believed to be posted within our rights according to the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act (title 17, U.S. Code.). Lumpy Guppy respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same.
If you are a copyright owner of a photo that appears on Lumpyguppy.com, please email us at email@example.com with a link to the photo and we will remove it immediately.
By submitting a photo or picture or other content or by making a comment, you represent and warrant to us that (1) doing so does not violate or infringe anyone else’s rights; and (2) you created the file or other content you are uploading, or otherwise have sufficient intellectual property rights to upload the material consistent with these terms. With regard to any file or content you upload to the public portions of our site, you grant Lumpy Guppy a non-exclusive, royalty- free, perpetual, irrevocable worldwide license (with sublicense and assignment rights) to use, to display online and in any present or future media, to create derivative works of, to allow downloads of, and/or distribute any such file or content. To the extent that you delete any such file or content from the public portions of our site, the license you grant to Lumpy Guppy pursuant to the preceding sentence will automatically terminate, but will not be revoked with respect to any file or content Lumpy Guppy has already copied and sublicensed or designated for sublicense. Also, of course, anything you post to a public portion of our site may be used by the public pursuant to the following paragraph even after you delete it.
By submitting a file or other content from the Lumpy Guppy site, you agree that you will not use such file or other content except for personal, non-commercial purposes, and you may not claim any rights to such file or other content, except to the extent otherwise specifically provided in writing.
NOTICES OF CLAIMED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
If you see anything on our site that you believe infringes your copyright rights, you may notify us by sending the following information:
Identification of the copyrighted work or works claimed to have been infringed.
Identification of the material on our servers that is claimed to be infringing and that is to be removed, including the URL or other information to enable us to locate the material.
A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by you as copyright owner, or by your agent, or by law.
A statement that the information in your notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner (or authorized to act on behalf of the owner) of the exclusive copyright right that is allegedly being infringed.
Your physical or electronic signature, or of someone authorized to act on your behalf.
Instructions on how we may contact you: preferably email, but also address and phone.
Send the above information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use the same procedure for any claimed trademark violations or other infringements. If we receive a DMCA notice and remove something you posted anonymously, we will have no way of notifying you, so you will have to contact us if you think that may have happened. Keep in mind that we reserve the right to remove any content at any time whether or not it infringes or violates any of our policies.