As many of you are aware, most of the social media sites allow users to include photos, drawings, etc. And for my posts to this website and a number of those sites, I too, use various pictures.
Other than photos that I have tend myself, I have spent a great deal of time using the various search engines, to find photos classified as, "public domain." If you do not know what that term means, it refers to that the fact that there is no known claim to the photo or, if there had been a copyright on the photo, it had expired. A simple example is music is, "Jingle Bells." It did have a copyright which eventually expired and was never renewed. Thus this holiday song is available for anyone to use, as long as they do not attempt to claim it as their own!
Today, in a post for the latest episode of "5-aalrm Task Force," I used a photo that I downloaded from one of a number of "public domain" websites, that should not have been on that website, for the photo belongs to Battalion Chief (ret) Keith Helms. And the Chief deserves credit for that photo whenever it is used!
So first, I would like to apologize to Chief Helms for unknowingly, using a photo that he shot and that somehow wound up on a website where it doesn't belong. I have corrected the public posting and will follow up on all my posts where I used that photo.
Second, this incident gives me purpose to take the time to review all the photos that I have collected from these various website, to research and attempt to determine their true origin. Those that I find were inappropriately on, what was supposed to be a "public domain" site, will be removed from my collection.
While we all make mistakes (and that's why the good Lord gave us erasers!) what shows what we're made of is when we step-up to own those mistakes. And this one was mine.
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Steve Greene is the president of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., a 501 (c) (3), non-profit company and the Creator/Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.